ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Bill Gates says he’s giving $50 million to help fight Alzheimer’s disease.

The Microsoft co-founder says the donation to the Dementia Discovery Fund is personal and not through his charitable foundation.

President of the Greater Missouri chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Stacey Tew-Lovasz, says because the disease can’t be prevented, treated or slowed down, even greater donations are needed across the world.

“It’s great news to have another champion, especially one of Bill Gates’ standing, and quite honestly, capability, in the fight against Alzheimer’s; it’s a game changer,” she says.

Lovasz says strides have been made in detection and screening. There are 110,000 Alzheimer’s patients in Missouri, and 220,000 in Illinois.

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