Join the San Angelo Texas Exes Wednesday, November 16th at 12:00pm for a talk with Debbie Hanna, President of the DKR Fund.

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Buffet luncheon begins at 11:30am. There will be a canned food drive at the luncheon.

The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease represents the pinnacle of commitment to excellence in research and care for Texans to attempt to cure Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in our lifetimes, to expand research into Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and to expand the paradigms of care and access for Texans, enabling exposure to preventative care and treatment strategies aimed at combating the epidemic of AD.

Friends and family joined together in 2012 with the approval, support, participation and direction of Edith Royal to establish the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease. Backed by a most  prestigious group for our Board of Advisors-- luminaries in their own fields and those who love and revere Coach Royal, we are seizing the  opportunity to build an incredible legacy of lasting significance in honor of a man whose contributions to the lives of so many cannot even be measured.  This research fund will take the lead to help us all win the toughest race in Texas.

Texas has 340,000 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, the 3rd largest diagnosed population in the US. By 2020, we will – most unfortunately – have the 2nd largest and fasted growing Alzheimer’s disease population in the nation. This research fund, in Coach Royal’s honor, will provide the national recognition and profile to a disease, which is the most dreaded and feared by the demographic over 55. With no cure in sight and no drugs available to alter the course of this disease, it is time to pick up the pace and get ahead of Alzheimer’s disease. Coach Royal’s courage will give voice and a face to a disease that has too long been hidden behind closed doors.

This fund supports cutting edge Alzheimer’s research and supplement the almost $36 million the State of Texas has invested to date in Alzheimer’s research at some of our finest medical/research institutions that are part of the Texas State legislature-created Texas Alzheimer’s Research & Care Consortium. Comprised of Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas A & M Health Science Center,  and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the fund will promote collaboration between and amongst our Texas scientists and the finest geneticists, neuroscientists, physicians, biostatisticians worldwide.

We believe this unique collaborative aspect is the secret to our amazing results - such as early detection through a simple blood test – with so little resources – $28 million to date.

But it is time to pick up the pace on research for Alzheimer’s - the most feared disease of people over age 55.  A Tsunami is coming with no cure in sight; we need to pick up the pace to stop the progression.