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Chairman's Message

"I invite you to join me and our wonderful donors, volunteers, and staff as we work together to Keep Memory Alive."

From Larry Ruvo, Founder and Chairman of Keep Memory Alive:

Every 70 seconds someone in this country is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Between 7 and 10 million people have Parkinson's. The effects of these and other brain diseases reach far beyond those who are afflicted: today more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with dementia.

While these numbers are overwhelming, nothing compares to the personal experiences of patients and families who are dealing with the challenges of these diseases every single day. In the early 1990's my father, Lou Ruvo, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Together we navigated the difficult journey of diagnosis and limited treatments that were available at the time. It ultimately ended his life and changed mine forever.

After his passing, several friends gathered to celebrate my father's memory, and, over dinner, decided to donate money for Alzheimer's research. After many years of hard work, and thanks to the dedication of

some wonderful friends and colleagues, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health opened its doors to patients and their families. We formed a partnership with Cleveland Clinic to bring the best doctors and most advanced research technologies to Las Vegas. 100% of the funds raised by Keep Memory Alive exclusively support Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Today, nearly twenty years after his death, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health offers world-class care for patients, support for individuals and family caregivers, and, through groundbreaking clinical trials, the promise for more effective treatments. Although this center is named after my father, it is designed to honor every patient and family member who is impacted by brain disease.

We have a lot of work to do, but we are making strides and I am very optimistic. I invite you to join me and our wonderful donors, volunteers, and staff as we work together to Keep Memory Alive.

Larry Ruvo,
Founder and Chairman, Keep Memory Alive