At the gathering of Leslie Ann Crozier’s supporters at the Dallas Country Club in February, she teased about the name change of her “It’s Their Time” Foundation. But holding her back were lawyers saying that until the ink dried on the agreement Leslie Ann was going to have to keep her lips zipped. Seriously? That was like telling Jerry Jones to stay at home for a Cowboys game. But bless her heart, Leslie Ann proved her commitment to play by the rules and see her mission through.
But the ink has indeed dried. The new name is “Triumph Over Alzheimer’s.”
According to Leslie Ann, “Our new name more boldly reflects our Foundation’s goal . . . to Triumph Over Alzheimer’s!”
And to celebrate the new name as well as spread the information from the “world’s leading Alzheimer’s researchers,” Leslie Ann and Katherine Wynne are co-chairing the first Triumph Over Alzheimer’s Forum and Dinner at the Bush Institute on Monday, May 7.
The panel “debating the myths and realities of Alzheimer’s” will include:
• Panelist Dr. Rudy Tanzi co-discovered all three familial early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (FAD) genes. In addition to being the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard, he was named as 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine. GQ Magazine’s naming him “Rock Star of Science” may have some connection to his be a former key boardist with Aerosmith.
• Panelist Dr. Roger Rosenberg has been leading the battle again Alzheimer’s as the Founding Director of the NIH funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center. As the current holder of the Abe (Brunky) Morris and William Zale Distinguished Chair in Neurology, he is making headlines by developing a DNA vaccine to delay or present neurodegenerative diseases and Alzheimer’s disease in particular.
• Moderator Dr. Michael Hayden, who has authored more than 950 publications, was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame last year. He is the Killiam Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia, as well as Canada Research Chair in Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine.
This discussion should provide cutting edge news about research and treatments taking place to battle Alzheimer’s. With Triumph Over Alzheimer’s Founder Leslie Ann’s drive and determination, the disease’s days are numbered.
Leslie Ann and Katherine are encouraging guests to bring questions for the panel. Ticket’s and sponsorships are currently available here.
* Photo provided by Triumph Over Alzheimer's