Bill Gates’ Massive $100 Million Donation To Fight Alzheimer’s Marks A Big First

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Once again, Bill Gates is putting his money where his mouth is — but this time, the funds are coming from his own bank account.

The Microsoft co-founder announced Nov. 13 he’s personally donating $100 million toward fighting Alzheimer’s disease. The gift does not involve efforts through his foundation, which has primarily focused on dire global health issues facing the developing world, such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.

In fact, Gates’ gift is his first major one toward fighting a noncommunicable disease, CNN reported.

“It’s a huge problem, a growing problem, and the scale of the tragedy — even for the people who stay alive — is very high,” Gates explained to Reuters. The billionaire noted in a blog post that Alzheimer’s disease is the only top 10 cause of death in the U.S. without any significant treatment.

Right now, there’s no cure; physicians can only ease symptoms as the condition worsens.

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