CART Fund 2017 Alzheimer’s Research Grants

The Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust Fund (CART) awarded $700,000 in Alzheimer’s research grants in May 2017. Awards to six researchers from US institutions.

The 2017 grants mark two records for CART. The $700,000 figure is the highest dollar amount of grants ever awarded by the organization. CART grants are funded by the generosity of Rotarians, starting with donations of coins and cash at weekly Rotary Club meetings.

The second record for the 2017 grants is the number of grants awarded.

2017 Major CART Grant Recipient

$250,000 – Christelle Anaclet, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Research Project:  Sleep enhancement: a strategy to improve cognitive performance in adult and Alzheimer’s disease mouse models

Our goal is to reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s disease. Cognitive impairment and sleep disruption represent two of the most disabling symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and are the primary bases for institutionalization. Given that sleep disruption is known to cause cognitive deficits in the healthy individual, we hypothesize that increased sleep quantity and quality can improve cognitive function and reverse the cognitive deficits associated with Alzheimer’s disease. I have developed a mouse model of sleep enhancement permitting my laboratory to test, for the first time, whether sleep enhancement can improve cognitive function in cognitively impaired as well as un-impaired mice.

This project proposes to define the role of sleep in cognitive function, test whether or not increased sleep quality can improve cognition in the mouse, and develop newer mouse models to study sleep, cognition and Alzheimer’s disease. Successful completion of the aims will show that slow-wave-sleep (SWS) enhancement and rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) have different and complementary effects on cognitive function.

CART Movie now “Club-Sized”

Compelling. Inspiring. Tender. SHORTER. These are the most frequent comments CART gets about the made-for-TV-movie Remembering No More, A Story of Change  featuring The CART Fund.

Apparently Rotary clubs are having so much fun at their weekly meetings that they are looking for shorter programs than in the past.

The CART Fund is pleased to announce that a brand-new, shorter (15 minute) version of Remembering No More is now available on YouTube.

It’s a more concentrated serving of how CART is serving humanity with the cutting edge Alzheimer’s research funded each year.

Show it at your Rotary club meeting soon. And since CART’s FAQs answer so many questions, they are a great compliment to the movie.

Psst. Pass the popcorn.


This year the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) awarded five grants totaling $600,000 to researchers.

This is the largest amount of grants that the Fund has awarded.

Rick Carnagua, District CART Chair, went with Rusine Mitchell Sinclair, DG Elect and Shafi Parekh, DG Nominee to the grant ceremony.

At the District Conference, Rick Carnagua awarded the top CART Donating Clubs.

Per Capita Donations
Cary Central      $ 135.99
Lillington           $ 118.30
Cary-Kildaire     $   98.98

Total Giving by Club
Cary-Kildaire     $ 4,850.00
Cary Central      $ 3,807.62
Durham            $ 3,104.08

Kilimanjaro Climb for CART

On August 2, 2015 Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club member Andy Wright and his son David successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341ft), Africa’s tallest mountain and the tallest free standing mountain in the world.

Reaching the top of a mountain normally would be cause for celebration in and of itself, but it was made more special as a result of the financial support from so many friends and Rotarians that contributed to the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) in conjunction with the climb. Andy and David dedicated the climb to Andy’s Father-in-Law, Dean Nelson (wife Sherry Nelson is also a member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club), who has been battling dementia for a number of years. Their fund raising efforts led to over $3,000 being raised for CART!

Andy has an interesting program documenting their climb and the impact it has had on both his and David’s lives. Andy has presented a number of times to Rotary Clubs, church groups, and men’s groups. He’s currently scheduled to present at the Oxford (December 3) and Zebulon (January 21) Rotary Clubs and is available to other interested clubs. Andy can be contacted at

Kilimanjaro for CART

Kilimanjaro for CART

Alzheimer’s Video Developed

A 25 minute Alzheimer’s Video providing insight into Alzheimer’s disease was developed by Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor. The video starts with an introduction by Alice Watkins, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s NC. She provides the background of the organization and its relationship with Rotary. She also provides an excellent summary of C.A.R.T.’s role in providing funding for Alzheimer’s research.

The video includes excerpts from Accepting the Challenge, an Alznc production that provides a “hands on”, multi-disciplinary training program designed to assist professional caregivers in providing the best possible care to their patients.

Dr. Len Lecci, UNCW Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Services then explains about the different types of dementia and outlines the goals in treating Alzheimer’s. Dr. Lecci outlines the future trends in treating the disease.

The video is a great tool to encourage donations to the CART Fund. You can find the video by going to the District webpage, click on the Programs tab and click on CART, or click the following:

For more C.A.R.T. updates visit the website

CART Week is October 13-17

Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) encourages donations of coins from member’s pockets or purse to fund research projects. 450 Clubs participate in this effort and have funded 26 extraordinary grants seeking a cure. This year we will place special emphasis on CART from October 13-17 by encouraging club members to put $5+ in the blue CART bucket.  Our goal is to raise $6000 during CART week.