Our Heroes

Cure Alzheimer's Fund has raised over $33 million for Alzheimer's disease research — and we couldn't have done it without the support of amazing individuals like the ones featured here. Our Heroes are fundraising for us all over the globe by organizing everything from races to tournaments to concerts to benefit Cure Alzheimer's Fund.

Max Wallack

At age 12, Max Wallack founded 

Steve Kaneko

Microsoft created the Technical Recognition Awards in 2007 to recognize outstanding technical achievement and leadership within its community. The goal of the awards is to help the recipients further improve the world through charitable contributions made on their behalf.

This year, Steve Kaneko, age 52 of Seattle, partner design director at the company, won the award as part of a team. After researching several charities, Steve chose to donate $31,500 of his award to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, because both his father and grandfather suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

Katerina Sourgiadakis

I will be 24 on the 24th of September so what better way to celebrate than to raise $240 to help "Cure Alzheimer's Fund" advance research to find a cure. I'd like to honor the strength and devotion of those facing alzheimer's today by hosting a wiffleball competition! Please help me reach my goal by donating and/or by participating in the game.

The Still Alice Project

Still Alice is a New York Times bestselling novel by author Lisa Genova. The book has brought the reality of Alzheimer's to life for thousands of readers. Now, Lisa would like to ask readers to contribute to Alzheimer's research and make a difference in the search for a cure.

A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs is a bestselling author and the founder of the Global Family Reunion, an event inspired by Jacobs' discovery of online genealogy services and his own countless connections to strangers across the globe.

Fans of Grey's Anatomy

To celebrate the eleventh season of the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, fans of the show are hoping to raise $11,000 for research towards a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Alan Arnette

Alan Arnette is a veteran mountain climber and dedicated Alzheimer's advocate. This year he's taking on K2, one of the world's toughest mountains, to help fund a cure for Alzheimer's.

Vanessa Villegas and Shad Swinehart

Watching our incredibly fit mother struggle with early onset dementia has been the most difficult thing my brother and I have ever had to endure. This is why we've chosen to set up a charity in our mother's name.

Gail Matthews

Glenn and Gail Matthews were happily married for 54 years. They built a business together, raised two grown sons, and lived in a home in rural New Hampshire that was built and designed by Glenn. In 2008, everything changed.

Charles W. Collier

Charles W. Collier is a retired senior philanthropic advisor at Harvard University. In 2008, he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, Charlie has made it his mission to speak publicly about Alzheimer’s and give others the courage to do the same.


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