Wisconsin family advocates for Alzheimer's cure on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- More than five million people have Alzheimer's Disease in America.

It's one of the lead causes of death, and there's no known cure.

LeeAnn Curry, from Beloit, traveled to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to join nearly 2,000 advocates on Capitol Hill.

Her husband, Marvin Curry, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's three years ago at age 57.

LeeAnn Curry said, "We need a cure. We need to at least be able to treat it, prevent it if not cure it.”

The Alzheimer’s Association wants more federal money put into research, and is asking the government to recognize Alzheimer’s as a public health issue.

Jim Funderburk, the association's senior director of advocacy, said, “Where we go from here is to have Alzheimer’s really be part of the dialogue. Not just in terms of healthcare, but what we’re doing across the board in policy across the country.”

According to government estimates, only heart disease and cancer are killing a greater of older Americans.

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