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Commitment to Cures 2021 Was a Success

Commitment to Cures 2021 Recap

Our supporters raised over $200,000 for brain disease research at this year’s Commitment to Cures virtual gala

On April 21, 2021, the American Brain Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, Commitment to Cures, took place as a virtual gala for the second year in a row. The event, emceed by Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s “Mad Money,” celebrated and honored the researchers, scientists, and advocates on the front lines of the fight against brain diseases and disorders. Awardees included Dr. Sanjay Gupta for his work raising public awareness of the importance of brain health, Cindy McCain for her awareness-building and philanthropic work for glioblastoma, and Khloé Kardashian for her efforts to raise awareness for migraine. Foundation Board Vice Chair Susan Schneider Williams also officially announced the launch of the 2022 Cure One, Cure Many Award, a research award for the early diagnosis of Lewy body dementia. She spearheaded the initiative in honor of her late husband, comedian Robin Williams, who received the diagnosis of Lewy body dementia after his death. 

The evening also recognized brain disease researchers for their contributions to the field. Honorees included Scientific Breakthrough Award winner Peter Goadsby, MD, PhD, for research leading to the development of new preventive and acute migraine treatments, Potamkin Prize winners Kenneth S. Kosik, MD, and Giovanna Mallucci, MD, PhD, for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Diseases, and Sheila Essey Award winner Jan Veldink, MD, PhD, for contributions to ALS epidemiology and genetics.

The event also featured inspiring stories from some of the people living with brain disease, sharing the impact it has on their lives and the lives of their families. 

Commitment to Cures truly exemplifies our commitment to bringing researchers and donors together to cure brain diseases and disorders. To everyone who attended: thank you! You helped us surpass our fundraising goal, raising over $200,000 for brain disease research. 

Relive this exciting night and learn more about the incredible honorees here. We can’t wait for Commitment to Cures 2022!

The American Brain Foundation believes that, one day, we can live in a reality without brain disease—and it all starts with funding research to discover cures. To support our work of connecting scientists with donors, make your gift today.