Powerball up to $600 Million & Mega Millions up to $190 Million; Alzheimer’s research approaching $600 million in annual NIH Funding

Wow! The Powerball is up to $600 Million. The Mega Millions is up to $190 million. How is it that we can have lottery jackpots of this size, but not increase the funding for Alzheimer’s research from millions to billions?

Everyone wants to gamble on becoming a $600 Billionaire; but we are taking the biggest gamble by not raising the stakes for research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and other Dementias.

By choosing to buy that lottery ticket and not make a donation to a health related charity; you are taking the risk that your Mom, Dad, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Brother, Sister, Niece, Nephew, Daughter, Son, best friend or anyone else close to you will get Alzheimer’s.

Please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association! You also mark your donation for research only on your check. I’m not saying don’y buy that lottery ticket; I’m just asking that you make a matching contribution to charity.

I’m a gambler! I like to go to the casino and I like to buy lottery tickets. I buy $30 worth of tickets every week for the PowerBall and MegaMillions. I buy a few more during weeks that the jackpot exceeds $200 Million. I also like to go to the casino for entertainment. I probably gamble $2,500 a year. I gamble much more on Alzheimer’s research (donations of money and time) to support Alzheimer’s and pray for a cure.

Maybe we need a lottery for Alzheimer’s (or have the two major lotteries start to champion a different cause every month and donate a portion of the proceeds to a health related charity for research only)!

What if the lottery had a rule in place that after it reaches $40 million dollars that 50% of the additional proceeds went to health care research for the top killers. Does someone really need to win $600 million dollars? Really? Money does not buy you happiness!

Would you rather win $600 Million in the lottery or would you rather have your Mom remember that you are her son? I would rather have my Mom remember that I am her son.

So, before you run out and buy that lottery ticket, maybe consider making a donation to a charity for the same amount of money that you are gambling! Pick any charity, but know that the Alzheimer’s Association is the one disease that is not getting its fair share of research dollars and costs this nation more than $200 Billion a year in care costs.

If you would like to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association; you can donate at the following link! http://act.alz.org/goto/RichardKenny

 

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About Richard Kenny

My Mom has Alzheimer's and I help my Dad with caregiving!
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