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Postal Service to Issue Alzheimer's Awareness Stamp

Thursday, October 16, 2008 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 The following was released by the U.S. Postal Service:



What: First-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony for the Alzheimer's Awareness 42-cent social awareness first-class stamp during the dedication of the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute's www.brni.org new research facility.



Who: West Virginia Senator John D. Rockefeller IV

U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors Vice Chairman Carolyn Lewis Gallagher

Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute Board Chairman Ralph J. Bean, Jr.

West Virginia University Interim President Dr. C. Peter Magrath



When: 10 a.m. (ET)

Friday, Oct. 17, 2008



Where: Front Lawn

Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute

1 Medical Center Drive

Morgantown, WV 26505



Background: Every 71 seconds, someone in American develops Alzheimer's disease. For these individuals and their families, the significance of this moment cannot be underestimated as it marks the beginning of a devastating descent into memory loss. The Postal Service is issuing the Alzheimer's Awareness stamp to raise awareness of issues surrounding this dreadful disease and to draw attention to the importance of the caregiver. For the person with Alzheimer's, interaction with the caregiver means everything.



Since the mid 1950s, the Postal Service has released a variety of social awareness stamp on important issues such as Sickle Cell disease, Mentoring, Organ and Tissue Donation, Adoption, Amber Alert and Jury Duty.

The stamp ceremony takes place during the dedication of the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute's (www.brni.org) new $30 million research facility. In 1999, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and his family established the Institute on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. It is the only non-profit, independent Institute in the world exclusively dedicated to the study of human memory and memory disorders. Its mission is to expand and advance the scientific research of memory and memory disorders for purposes of prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The Institute strives to move basic research out of the laboratory and into the hands of physicians and patients through innovative partnerships and new business models.



Admission is free and open to the public.



An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses, not tax dollars. The Postal Service has annual revenues of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world's mail.



SOURCE U.S. Postal Service
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