Alzheimer’s Activists Put On a Show
If scientists find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease in the next decade, George and Trish Vradenburg will share a good deal of the credit.
I wrote about the Vradenburgs and their Alzheimer’s advocacy for the magazine earlier this year. They are a mostly behind-the-scenes force that has helped galvanize policymakers and the dispersed community of Alzheimer’s research scientists. When I met George and Trish, I was struck by two observations. First, they are deeply in love with each other. (More on that later.) Second, they are utterly audacious. As they explained over lunch, they were prepared to spend their fortune, their time, and their considerable political clout to find an effective treatment or a cure for Alzheimer’s by the year 2020.