May 232012

The Sumter Rotary Clubs March Silent Auction was a huge success. Donated gifts by local merchants had a big appeal for the Sumter Rotarians and their spouses at a dinner/ social at Sunset Country Club. These proceeds enabled the C.A.R.T.Sumter Club, where the CART Fund originated to top $300,000.00 in contributions. By the end of the Rotary year the club expects to have contributed $310,000.00.00 to CART since October 1995. Sumter Rotary Club takes pride in this accomplishment as while achieving this significant goal, the club is a 100% Paul Harris Club.

2012 Grants: Grants have been awarded to Dr. Maya Koronyo of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles and Dr. Valerie Duggett of the University Washington Medical Center. These two ladies, the first women to receive a CART grant, won out over 81 outstanding applicants. Both of them will attend the annual CART Board meeting to be held in Columbia on May 23. It was quite apparent that when our three world renowned scientists recommended these two applicants, they were very excited about this research and its potential to aid in finding a prevention/cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. This makes 20 grants made by The CART Fund and total dollars in excess of $3,850,000.00.

A 2011 CART Grant to Dr. Gary Landreth and his colleagues at Case Western Reserve University is receiving exciting attention from the national media as it has great promise. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post headlined it to paraphrase: Cancer Drug Offers Cure to Alzheimer’s Disease. It also was featured on national nightly news including NBC. Your CART Committee will bring more updates on this exciting research when during updates at your respective clubs. Dr. Allan Levey, head of A D research at Emory and guest speaker at our District 7770 Conference, used this research as an example of CART Making A Difference. Dr. Landreth is the first scientist to receive two CART grants.

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