Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust
CART (Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust) was started in the Rotary Club of Sumter, SC in 1995 to fund cutting-edge Alzheimer's research. The idea was to place spare change in blue buckets at each Rotary meeting, and 100% of that money would be awarded in research grants to find a way to prevent, slow down, or cure Alzheimer's.
For many years Alzheimer's has been the third leading cause of death in the U.S, behind only cancer and heart disease. It kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined. There is no known method to prevent, slow the progression, or cure the disease.
The first research grant, for $100,000, was awarded in 1999 to Dr. Alan Levy of Emory University. As of May 2020, CART has awarded more than $9.2 million dollars to cutting-edge Alzheimer's research. CART now receives contributions from 42 Rotary Districts.
IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR SENDING CART CONTRIBUTIONS!
At the May 2020 CART annual meeting a new means for sending contributions to CART was launched. All CART contributions are to be sent by club treasurers or others through the CART portal. Clubs and individuals may contribute this way. D6920 CART Contributions are no longer to be sent to the District Treasurer but through the CART portal.
The portal is found at www.mycartfund.org. Rotarians whose clubs use Dacdb may sign in with their Dacdb user name and password. Others may contribute by following prompts on the portal. This has not replaced the use of the blue buckets at Rotary club meetings!
District 6920 has been a major contributor to CART since its early days. From April 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020 the District clubs contributed $226, 583.86. This was given by 49 of our 62 Rotary Clubs. All clubs are encouraged to participate in this important endeavor. Alzheimer' research needs our support.
For more information or to schedule a program about CART, please contact the D6920 CART Chair.