McCourt Foundation News
News from The McCourt Foundation Director
On behalf of the McCourt Foundation, I want to extend our thanks and sincere appreciation to all our supporters and their commitment to our mission. With your support, the researchers at the Center for Neurological Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have made significant progress in understanding Alzheimer’s disease and MS. The strides being made in this research are cutting edge and will effect changes to the standard of care for patients with Alzheimer’s and MS. In particular, there has been a breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research with a series of discoveries that are beginning to change the face of this devastating disorder. The first advanced human trial was announced as successful in slowing the decline of typical AD patients. Thanks to your support, we are making a difference!
Each year, the Foundation presents educational forums highlighting the latest medical progress in Alzheimer’s and MS research. Part of the Foundation’s charter is to provide programs, free to the public, that service individuals from Greater Boston as well as parts of neighboring states. This year’s forums, held in March, collectively attracted more than 650 people. Brigham and Women’s Hospital staff are at the event to actively recruit patients for upcoming clinical trials. Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies are in attendance providing educational resources on Alzheimer’s and MS and are available to discuss one on one their current therapies.
Again, this year our Foundation took part in the John Hancock’s BAA Marathon Program and our Marathon Team did a great job raising $57,500! We had a terrific team of congenial runners and they all worked hard to raise funds for the Foundation. The 2013 team is already in place and their training is well underway. We have high expectations for our runners and their fundraising efforts.
Our 2012 May Gala was a memorable evening. Thanks to all our supporters, the event attracted over 300 guests. In 2013, we are making some exciting changes to the event. The event is set for Friday, April 26th at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. It’s sure to be a great time!
Last fall, the Foundation hosted its Third Annual “Tour de South Shore” ride for Alzheimer’s and MS and it was a wonderful success; we had over 250 riders. The top individual fundraiser was Mike Press, raising over $6,500. The top Team fundraiser was Team Wheelie Cool, led by Team Captain Ryan McCourt; raising over $13,000. Just an outstanding job!
We are already gearing up for the 2013 ride. The ride is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th. Please mark your calendars and come join the fun!
The Foundation recognizes that success in reaching our goal is through the generosity of our donors. It is through your confidence and loyal support that allows us to continue investing in the health and well being of the individuals and their families who have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and MS. We thank you for your support.
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