What could be more hopeful than an event held the week of Mother’s Day?

On May 2, 2016, The Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) Annual Meeting delivered hope in spades.

That day, CART awarded $600,000 in five grants for innovative Alzheimer’s research studies. All five grant recipients presented overviews of their winning research projects at the event. Both the total grant value and the number of grants awarded set new records for CART.

The interesting thing about hope is that it is contagious. Rotary International Director Robert Hall and his wife Charlene joined leaders from 15 supporting Rotary Districts and members of the Board of Directors at the event. Everyone in attendance welcomed the news that four Rotary Districts have recently committed to support the CART effort thanks to outreach by Executive Director Bill Shillito and D7750 PDG Gary Goforth. CART now boasts 19 Rotary Districts supporting its effort to cure Alzheimer’s disease.

2016 CART Grants were awarded to:

Yueming Li, Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC – $250,000

Chihiro Sato, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine – $125,000

Frank R. Sharp, M.D., 2016: University of California at Davis – $125,000

Thomas J. Anastasio, Ph.D., University of Illinois – $50,000

Gabriela Chiosis, Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC – $50,000

About The CART Fund

The Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust Fund (CART) is a project of the Rotary Clubs of North America. Founded in 1995 in Sumter SC, CART provides financial support for Alzheimer’s research projects that are yet to be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. Learn more about The CART Fund by visiting