Willis Tower to go Purple for Alzheimers by gdf57j



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                     Willis Tower to go Purple for Alzheimer’s
                                Tribute to tower’s architect, Bruce Graham

CHICAGO, IL (4-Nov-10) ---This week the Chicago landmark Willis Tower has gone purple in honor of the
building’s architect, Bruce Graham, who died of Alzheimer’s disease earlier this year and National
Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Attached is a photo of the Tower from Tuesday night.

“It is not a secret that Bruce Graham was a magnificent architect,” said Erna Colborn, president and CEO of
the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter. “Mr. Graham helped shape the city skyline of
Chicago designing such buildings as the Willis Tower and The John Hancock Center. He undoubtedly left
his mark on the windy city. He also battled Alzheimer’s disease – a disease which affects more than a-half
million Illinoisans. We are honored and thank the Willis Tower for shinning a spotlight on Alzheimer’s
disease during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and for paying tribute to such an
inspirational architect.”

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that destroys brain cells and gradually destroys a person's memory and
ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. Every 70 seconds
someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. More than 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease with
210,000 in Illinois alone. If lifesaving research does not produce an effective treatment Illinois will see a
14% increase by 2025.

Completed May 3, 1973, Willis Tower rises to a height to 1,450 feet and is one of the most recognizable
landmarks in the Chicago skyline and in the world. The building held the record for the world’s tallest
building for 25 years until the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia were built in 1998. In 1982, the
antennas added to the building increased its total height to 1,704 feet. In 2000, one of the building’s
antennas was extended to 1,729 feet, making it the world’s tallest building to the tip of its antenna. The
building held this title until early 2009 when Burj Dubai topped out at over 2,600 feet, making it the tallest
man-made structure ever built. (www.willistower.com)

To learn more about the Willis Tower visit http://www.willistower.com. To learn more about National
Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month or about Alzheimer’s disease call 847.933.2413 or visit
www.alz.org/illinois. Photo courtesy of Andre LaCour Photography for more information visit

About the Alzheimer’s Association - The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer
research and support, is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods,
treatments and cure for Alzheimer’s. Since 1980, the donor-supported, nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association has
provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased
funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. The Greater Illinois Chapter serves
68 counties with offices in Bloomington, Carterville, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford and Springfield. For more
information, call our Helpline at 800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/illinois.

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