Alzheimer’s association gets injection of state funds

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Groups which raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research are getting a boost from New York State to the tune of $25 million.

More help is on the way for groups like Western New York Alzheimer’s Association thanks to the passed budget this past week.

We want this money to be leveraged. This is not going to fix the problem, we still have to fundraise. We still have to do our walk,” Leilani Pelletier, executive director of Alzheimer’s Association of western New York, said. “We are going to use these funds to leverage that so that we can feed the other parts of our strategic plan — awareness and concern, research, public policy.”

The Alzheimer’s Association says roughly 55,000 people in western New York are living with dementia. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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