New York, NY (December 21, 2015) —The New York Islanders announced this week that the franchise and the family of longtime Head Coach Al Arbour have teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) to make the team's commemorative "AL" patch available to fans. Coach Arbour, who recently passed away, battled Alzheimer's disease for several years. People can purchase the patch for $10 and proceeds go to AFA. The patches are currently worn on all three Islanders game jerseys.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia among people aged 65 and older.
“The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is grateful to the New York Islanders Hockey Club and the Arbour family for raising awareness of this devastating disease,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. “Coach Arbour’s contributions will always be revered by coaches, players, and fans of the sport of hockey. The proceeds from the “AL” patch will help the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America continue to provide care, education and services to people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.”
Fans can purchase the patch online* or at one of the following locations:
*Shipping and handling charge to be added for packages mailed out.
The patch will be sold throughout the 2015/2016 regular season.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a non-profit founded to fill the gap that existed on a national level assuring quality of care and excellence in service to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and to their caregivers and families. AFA unites more than 2,400 member organizations from coast-to-coast that are dedicated to meeting the educational, social, emotional and practical needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families. Under AFA's umbrella, these organizations collaborate on education, resources, best practices and advocacy —all resulting in better care for people affected by the disease. AFA’s services include a national, toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, professional training, community outreach, free quarterly caregiver magazine, research funding, public advocacy and programmatic services. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook.
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