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Like so many, I've lost a loved-one to mental illness. My mother passed away from Alzheimer's Disease in 2004. Before she'd been diagnosed with the mysterious illness, I'd had little experience at being near a person with advanced dementia. It was a sorrowful eye-opener to witness my beautiful mother transform into a helpless child, then an old woman who slowly withered away. This announcement encourages us all to believe we're nearer the day our mentally challenged friends and loved-ones can perhaps be healed, or the horrendous illnesses that are today still vast and devastating may come to be understood and prevented. What a celebration that would be, indeed! Thank You to all involved in caring for those with mental illness, to all who diligently research with hope for cures to mental illness, and to all who take time to offer donations, however generously, toward such a global cause.

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