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Alzheimer’s disease affects more than five million Americans. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. This year alone, Alzheimer’s disease will cost our nation $203 billion in healthcare costs. By 2050, this number is expected to reach $1.2 trillion. (www.alz.org)
LaMar Campbell, formerly of the Detroit Lions, has joined with Dancing Stars of Atlanta to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The event is like the popular ABC show, Dancing with the Stars — with a charitable twist. It it’s fourth year, Dancing Stars of Atlanta is an event benefitting the Metro Atlanta Region of the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, of which LaMar is an honorary member.
Alzheimer’s disease has been linked to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), which can result from concussions. “[NFL] players are more likely to develop MCI, a form of dementia that can lead directly to Alzheimer’s disease,” said LaMar.
For LaMar, this dance is personal. “Although I do not have a blood family member that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a lot of my NFL brothers and retired have Alzheimer’s — as a result of too many concussions, or cumulative trauma disorder (CTD). They are my family. This was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up.” Two of LaMar’s friends and fellow NFL players, Dave Duersen (Chicago Bears) and Andre Waters (Philadelphia Eagles) suffered from CTD. Both committed suicide.
On June 15, LaMar and his professional dance partner, Michelle Grady, will take to the dance floor in support of Alzheimer’s awareness and research. Those interested in donating to the cause can sponsor a table at the event, purchase tickets, or donate online. Two winners will be named at the end of the event: A People’s Choice winner (dancer who received the most votes) and a donations winner (dancer who raised the most money).
“Dancing Stars of Atlanta not only is a great organization that puts on a spectacular evening of events but it also becomes a melting pot for like minded people to discuss philanthropy and educate each other on the importance of Alzheimer’s awareness and how it has touched each of their lives,” said LaMar.
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When he’s not training for Dancing Stars of Atlanta, LaMar is host and CEO of Life After the Game, a digital media radio show on Voice America Sports. “Life After the Game is a radio show that explores the inside world of athletes and how they handle their business affairs outside of the interviews and lifestyle that we see in the media. It focuses on athletes in the business world and exposes their intelligence, creativity and success beyond their sport.” (www.lifeafterthegame.com) It is an “online locker room,” where guys can reach out and get help.
“Football is the highest paid temp job you’ll ever have,” said LaMar. “You have to have something to do after football. Everyone needs and deserves a chance to succeed after football.”
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