In the confident hope that the cause and cure of a terrible illness can be found, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has joined the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's.
The Task Force was founded in 1999 to advance research and awareness of Alzheimer's disease in Congress. The bipartisan organization is led by Co-Chairs Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Representatives Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Christopher Smith (R-N.J.).
"Most people I meet are familiar with the disease," said Sen. Toomey. "But they might not know just how widespread it is in our state."
Pennsylvania has the fifth-highest statewide total in the nation of people suffering from Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. Pennsylvania is also a leading state in the commitment of volunteers and caregivers to fight it.
"Alzheimer's is a tragic illness that robs its victims of one of their life's greatest possessions -- their memories. Working together with fellow Pennsylvanians and my colleagues in Congress, I am committed to fighting this disease and finding the cure."