Cummings Celebrates Alzheimer’s Semipostal Stamp Dedication
Baltimore, M.D. (November 30, 2017) – Today, during National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) celebrated the U.S. Postal Service’s release of the Alzheimer’s Semipostal stamp and honored the advocates who made the creation of this stamp possible. Joined by Director of Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center Dr. Constantine G. Lyketsos, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center President Dr. Richard Bennett, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan and NIH Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging Dr. Marie A. Bernard, Congressman Cummings recommitted to supporting the fight against Alzheimer’s.
“Today, Alzheimer’s is an irreversible disease that slowly robs people of their memories, their identities, and their ability to care for themselves. While significant research on Alzheimer’s is underway, current treatments are very limited – and we do not yet have any treatment that will prevent or cure this affliction. That’s why the Alzheimer’s stamp is so important. This stamp will enable Americans everywhere who are touched by Alzheimer’s to make a contribution to help us win the fight against it.
“Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most critical public health crises our nation faces. I believe that the semipostal stamp the Postal Service is issuing today will help us take another step toward finally ending this disease.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s affects more than 5 million Americans nationwide and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. The Alzheimer’s Semipostal stamp will cost 11 cents more than the average stamp and funds raised from the additional cost will support the Department of Health and Human Services’ Alzheimer’s disease research. In 2015, Congressman Cummings wrote the Postmaster General to urge that the Postal Service utilize its existing authority to issue an Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp.
Following her husband’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Kathy Siggins has been an advocate with the Fredrick chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Siggins spent 17 years working with lawmakers and advocates to establish this fundraising stamp. The effort to establish this stamp was also supported by B. Smith and her husband, Dan Gasby.