SEATTLE (AP) — Bill Gates says he’s giving $50 million to help fight Alzheimer’s disease.READ MORE: Miami Weather: Temps In The 30s This Weekend
The Microsoft co-founder said Monday that the donation to the Dementia Discovery Fund is personal and not through his charitable foundation.
The London-based private fund is backed by government, charities and pharmaceutical firms and seeks new treatments for the progressive, irreversible neurological disease.READ MORE: Possibility Of New Surfside Building Has Residents Worried
In a statement , Gates says men in his family have suffered from Alzheimer’s. He says he’s hopeful that in time Alzheimer’s could be a chronic condition treatable with medication.
Gates says the first treatments for the disease might not be feasible for a decade or more and would initially be expensive.
He says the Gates Foundation might consider how to expand access in poorer countries when treatments are developed.MORE NEWS: South Florida Winn Dixie & Fresco y Mas Pharmacies Expect To Get N95 Masks On Friday
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