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Nancy Reagan honored for efforts to fight Alzheimer's

October 31, 1996
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Nancy Reagan

NEW YORK (CNN) -- In a brief but poignant speech about Alzheimer's disease, former first lady Nancy Reagan said Wednesday that "the person I love and have loved for 44 years is slipping away." Former President Ronald Reagan, 85, announced in 1994 that he had been diagnosed with the brain-destroying disease.

Mrs. Reagan spoke at the annual Rita Hayworth Gala in New York, a fund-raiser for the National Alzheimer's Association. She was honored for her for work on behalf of the association. "Why Ronnie? Why me? Why now, when we were supposed to have this wonderful twilight time together?" she asked.
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