LONG ISLAND, N.Y., June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center (LBDRC) and The Shepard Family will hold The David B. Shepard Gala "A Night to Remember" on July 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at The Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh Street, Garden City, New York 11530. The evening will benefit the Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center and the American Brain Foundation. The gala honors David Shepard, founder of direct marketing and database consulting firm David Shepard Associates in Melville, New York, who retired in 2010 due to Lewy Body Dementia. Shepard, a recipient of the Gold Mailbox Award, is renowned in the marketing industry for his use of direct mail and has written three reference books recognized as industry best practices.
Susan Schneider Williams, who also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Brain Foundation, will serve as special guest speaker at The David B. Shepard Gala. Williams became an LBD advocate after the passing of her husband Robin Williams in 2014, and welcomes the opportunity to both honor David Shepard and raise awareness on LBD.
"LBD is the second most common form of dementia next to Alzheimer's. This disease is difficult enough — combine that with the shame and confusion around it and that adds up to an exorbitant amount of pain for anyone affected by it. The LBD community coming together strengthens resolve and pathways for future treatments and prevention. Talking about the disease is the first step toward finding a cure," said Schneider Williams.
LBD is a progressive type of dementia that affects 1.4 million Americans. Even though the disease is common, it is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms can mimic Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, or a psychiatric disorder, such as depression.
"If it weren't for Lewy Body Dementia, Robin would still be here. I'm doing what I can to settle the score and help others along the way," said Schneider Williams. "Through my own research, I've discovered an immense global community that is affected by this disease and the quiet but fierce neuroscientists working to end it."
About The Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center (LBDRC)
LBDRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Long Island, New York. It is dedicated to raising awareness of Lewy Body Dementia, creating a support system for LBD caregivers, and developing educational programs for the medical community and the families of people with LBD, and promoting research.
To purchase tickets, learn more about The David B. Shepard gala, or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, visit https://lewybodyresourcecenter.org/a-night-to-remember or contact Laurie Marks Law at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-374-7193.
Laurie Marks Law, Vizzify Marketing
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