By Erik Cooke, a monthly donor to Adira
Erik Cooke

I have seen firsthand the challenges that complex, chronic diseases create both physically and emotionally. Perhaps you have, too. That is why I support Adira Foundation and their work to help people living with neurodegenerative diseases, like ALS, Alzheimer’s and related dementias, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Adira creates space for people living with these diseases to raise their voice. I am so grateful for Adira’s approach of listening and learning directly from people living with these diseases and their caregivers to inform and guide programs that can directly address the needs they name. The complexity and the cost of living with chronic illness can be so overwhelming that it’s hard to know how or where to look for support. By investing in solutions for the needs created by these diseases through grants and demonstration projects, Adira bridges large gaps that often go unfunded: caregiving mental health, navigation, and advanced care planning.

There is so much division in our lives today. Adira stands out by bringing people together. And Adira unifies diverse people and groups not just to work on solutions, but to financially support those solutions. That’s why donations of every size are so important to go farthertogether.

For each of these reasons, I signed up to be a part of Adira’s movement to advance care and services for the people these diseases impact most. I know how important monthly donations are to helping Adira have consistent impact and growth. I am sharing this letter with you in the hopes that it will encourage you to consider doing the same—at whatever level works for you. With your support, we can do more together.

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