(Bellwood, Ill., September 5, 2003) - A touchdown this season by Terrell Owens of the San Francisco 49ers now counts for more than six points. Sharpie®, the popular brand of permanent markers, is pledging $500 for every touchdown the All-Pro wide receiver scores in an effort to raise money for the Alzheimers Association in Northern California/Northern Nevada. Owens, recently named the 2003 Memory Walk celebrity team chair for the association's local chapter, has been a key spokesperson promoting Alzheimer research, including testifying in front of a United States Senate Committee earlier this year. Owens' grandmother is battling the disease.
"I am happy that Sharpie sees the importance of supporting this cause that is so close to me," said Owens. "This will make scoring TDs even more satisfying since the donations will help people just like my grandmother."
"Alzheimer's disease is now an American epidemic," said Alzheimer's Association CEO for Northern California/Northern Nevada William Fisher. "By 2050, the number of Americans with Alzheimer's is expected to explode by 300 percent, when 16 million will have it. This extraordinary crisis calls for extraordinary resources. As a family member and star wide receiver for the 49ers, Terrell Owens is doing his part. The commitment by Sharpie not only brings funding to the national movement to defeat Alzheimer's, it also raises public awareness in a meaningful way. We thank them, and Terrell Owens, for the support."
During the holiday season last year, Sharpie donated $25,000 to the Alzheimer's Association. In July of this year, Owens and Sharpie kicked off the Sharpie Metallic "Autographs for Education" program to support community-based education, where up to $30,000 in funds and school supplies will be distributed. The program visits San Francisco in October.
"Sharpie is bold and expressive just like Terrell," said Greg Stoner, vice president and general manager for Sharpie. "With the help of Terrell, together we can make a permanent mark on disease research and education."
About the Alzheimer's Association
The largest private funder of Alzheimer research, the Alzheimer's Association has during the past twenty years committed more than $136 million toward research into the causes, treatment, prevention and cure of Alzheimer's. For more information about Alzheimer's disease and efforts to find a cure, the public in Northern California/Northern Nevada may contact the Alzheimer's Association (800-660-1993; www.alznorcal.org).