Our affiliation with Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (C.A.R.T.) was born out of our personal journey. Beginning in June of this year, our family sat bedside with mom as she struggled with the last leg of her final battle with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
It was about this same time we learned of a new project by the Rotary Clubs of North America called C.A.R.T. Started in 1995 by one South Carolina Rotary Club, C.A.R.T. is now supported by Rotary clubs across North America.
C.A.R.T. is a 501(c)(3) organization which is dedicated to raising funds to provide seed- money for cutting-edge, high-impact research, in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of C.A.R.T. is to encourage exploratory and developmental AD research projects in the U.S.A. by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans for projects not yet supported by extensive preliminary data, but which have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research into AD. 100% of donations and over 80% of the interest earned goes to fund grants for AD research. As of May 2016, the CART Fund has awarded $5.8 million dollars in 34 grants to recognized US research institutions.
In August of 2017, C.A.R.T. Executive Director, Bill Shillito, deputized Jean and me as C.A.R.T. Ambassadors at-large following a conversation in which we shared our desire to raise awareness of the work that C.A.R.T. supports. By making up attendance at Rotary Clubs along America’s Great Loop, the Bahamas, Nova Scotia and Canada, we will challenge clubs to save loose change for the duration of our cruise and at the end of our journey donate that amount (or more) to C.A.R.T.