UsAgainstAlzheimer’s co-founder and vice-chair Trish Vradenburg, a gifted and powerful advocate, passed away on Monday, April 17. Founded with her husband George Vradenburg, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s is committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's by 2025. Their advocacy was born out of a passion to fight back against Alzheimer’s disease, which Trish’s mother, Bea Lerner, succumbed to in 1992.
Mrs. Vradenburg helped achieve increased funding for Alzheimer’s research and spearheaded the launch of the Alzheimer’s Party, imploring members of Congress to join a bipartisan movement to end Alzheimer’s disease.
The Vradenburgs received Research!America’s Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award in 2016 for their outstanding commitment to advocacy.
Mrs. Vradenburg began her career as a speechwriter in the U.S. Senate. She wrote for various television shows, including Designing Women, Family Ties and Kate and Allie. Her novel, Liberated Lady, was chosen as Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections.
As a journalist, she wrote extensively for The New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Ladies’ Home Journal and Women’s Day. Surviving Grace, Trish’s quasi-autobiographical play about a sitcom writer and her mom battling Alzheimer’s disease together, was produced at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Off Broadway at the Union Square Theater.