On Tuesday, June 5th, the Boston Red Sox will host Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at the team’s game against the Detroit Tigers to raise awareness about the disease and efforts to identify effective treatment and prevention strategies.
“We’re grateful to the Red Sox organization in helping us to highlight that research is currently being conducted that could lead to a cure or effective treatments,” said Barbara Chambers, Senior Vice President of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. “We realize that this is a special gift that provides us an opportunity to help educate Red Sox fans on how they can be a part of the fight to cure Alzheimer’s disease.”
The event will include a ceremony on the field at Fenway Park honoring researchers who are working to better understand and find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease; a color guard comprised of members of the Quincy Fire Department, who hold an annual event raising money funding research into the disease; and the first pitch to be thrown by Dr. Rudy Tanzi, who is the Vice-Chair and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Leadership Group.
Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a non-profit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. In 2017, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund distributed $15.7 million in research grants to 67 projects around the world. Since its founding in 2004, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has surpassed $67 million in research spending and funded more than 300 projects.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US and is the country’s most expensive disease, with care for it and other forms of dementia costing more than $275 billion this year. There are currently 6 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s and nearly 50 million worldwide, and this is expected to triple in the next 30 years.
The Red Sox/Detroit Tigers game featuring Cure Alzheimer’s Fund will take place on Tuesday, June 5th at 7:10 pm. For more information about the fund, please visit https://curealz.org/.