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.

Rachel Ratliff

Hi friends and family!  I wanted to let you know of a personal passion project of mine:  

Jeff Madden

I am raising money for the cure of Alzheimer’s by climbing Mont Blanc in Switzerland in memory of my Grandmother, who frequently cited Geneva as one of her favorite cities in the world. Mont Blanc is a majestic mountain and the tallest in the Alps, standing 15,771 feet. As the highest peak in Western Europe, Mont Blanc is perhaps the most famed ascent in the Alps, and considered the birthplace of climbing.

Team BoomerangFit

My name is Terry Lee. My mother and grandmother both died of Alzheimer's Disease and I witnessed what a horrible fate this can be for a person, their family and friends. Today, 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease.  Payments for care in 2012 were estimated to be $200 billion. Without a cure, these figures will nearly triple by the year 2050. 

SingStrong A Cappella

Since 2009, the a cappella festival SingStrong has been bringing together the greatest such groups from around the world for a weekend of world-class singing and charitable fundraising.

Rick Wojciak

Rick Wojciak and five of his friends set out on their bicycles to ride 2,673 miles across the country—from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida.

Stef Desmond

Almost every year I go away for my birthday as I like to celebrate doing something new. This year I am turning 30 and thought I would do something totally new. I am asking for a gift. Not any gift, I am asking my family and friends to donate whatever they can to fund Alzheimer's research. I work at MIT, and in April they released an article on how little funding goes to Alzheimer's verse other diseases. Nearly 5.3 million Americans have the disease, and that number is supposed to dramatically grow in years to come.

Paul Coopersmith

Paul Coopersmith has been running Coopersmith's Garden Tours in the UK since 1984. His tours are targeted towards travelers who don't consider themselves the typical "tour types" - they consist of small groups and cover limited geographical areas in order to spend ample time in each location, focusing on gardens, stately homes and fine arts.

Eric and Laurie Slifka

Both Eric and I have witnessed the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease on people we love. Watching someone you love slip away can leave you feeling incredibly helpless. In donating to Cure Alzheimer's Fund, we can make a difference in the search for a cure. It would be an incredibly meaningful gift if you would consider making a small donation in honor of our BIG birthdays! Please know that 100% of the donations to Cure Alzheimer's Fund go to research on finding a cure, and all administrative costs are covered by the founders and board.


On new e-commerce website BeautyKind, customers worldwide can shop for beauty products and donate 5 percent of their purchase to a cause of their choice.

Martinez Elementary School

In February, a group of gifted fifth-graders at Martinez Elementary School in Evans, Ga. worked on a unit about the brain. As their final project, they created, entirely on their own, a fundraiser to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.


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