Hello Lewy Warriors! We're back again for our annual Holiday fundraiser. Last year, the community managed to raise $1,100.00 in just a month. This time around, we are running the fundraiser from November 1st all the way to New Year's Eve in hopes that it spreads even further. Let's come together and do some good this holiday season!
CLBDI is raising money to donate to the good people at the Robarts Institute at the University of Western Ontario who are currently researching Lewy Body Dementia. This research team is headed by Dr. Pasternak, who sits on our Advisory Board, and everything we raise will go directly to his efforts in the fight against this horrible neurological disease. We will be adding the total from this fundraiser to the money raised through the sale of our merchandise this fall and winter in hopes of donating an even larger amount.
"Lewy Body Dementia is a form of dementia that occurs due to abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein inside the brain's nerve cells. These deposits are called "Lewy bodies", named after the scientist who first described them. The deposits interrupt the brain’s messages and affect the areas of the brain that involve thinking and movement. We do not yet know why or how these Lewy bodies form. LBD can occur by itself or together with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's and it accounts for 5-15% of all dementias. Unfortunately, there is currently not a lot known about the genetics of Lewy Body Dementia.
As of right now, there is no cure and LBD is fatal. Between 10-15 percent of all patients with dementia have Lewy Body Dementia. Though Lewy Body Dementia is the second most common form of dementia, it is the least well known. One of the major issues that people diagnosed with LBD and those in the medical field face is that the diagnosis can only be confirmed through an autopsy after death. This is one of the leading reasons why this type of dementia has been such a mystery to the medical world until recently and why more research is desperately needed."
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