A Cause "Celeb"

A Cause "Celeb"

04.06.11 | By Kate Connors

David Hyde Pierce - who played Niles Crane on Frasier - is in DC today to speak about the importance of government support for Alzheimer's disease research.

In an interview with Politico's Patrick Gavin, he speaks movingly about his personal experience with the disease, from which both his father and grandfather passed away, and why it led him to feel called to advocate on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association: "It made me realize that the loss of my grandfather wasn't just the end of something but also the beginning of something, and that was the beginning of starting the fight."

Biopharmaceutical companies concur with Mr. Pierce about the importance of Alzheimer's research, with nearly 100 potential new medicines being studied right now. And the future looks even brighter this week - as Grady wrote about Monday, scientists recently found five genes that may be tied to the devastating disease, perhaps opening doors for new research.

If you can, take a few moments to read the interview. It's a good reminder of how many of us, from so many different corners of America, are involved in the fight against disease.

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