PennMedicineteamed up with The McKeown Foundation and local athletes to raise funds for thefight against Alzheimer’s disease. At a “Score Against Alzheimer’s” eventheld at the Kitchen Bar Restaurant Café in Abington, they raised $7,000 tobenefit the McKeown Foundation. The funds will support their work to promotethe care, research and education of Alzheimer’s disease. Since the “Score” event, The McKeown Foundation has presented a donation of $11,000 to the Penn Memory Center (PMC) to aid in their work to provide evaluation and care of people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia illnesses.
Picturedfrom L to R: Gary Dorshimer, MD, section chief, General Internal Medicine, PAH,and Team Internist for the Philadelphia Eagles and Head Team Physician for thePhiladelphia Flyers: Andreas Lilja,defenseman for the Flyers: Joe McKeownpresident of the McKeown Foundation: SuzanneSawyer, chief Marketing Officer, Penn Medicine; Jim McCrossin , ATC, CSCC, head athletic trainer for the PhiladelphiaFlyers.
The PMC combines the expertiseof neurologists, geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians and social workersdevoted to the evaluation and treatment of dementia illnesses. The Penn MemoryCenter is a multidisciplinary part of the Cognitive Neurology program. It's alsothe clinical component of the University ofPennsylvania's Alzheimer's Disease Center, one of 27 nationwide funded by theNational Institute on Aging.
TheMcKeown Foundation, which hosts an annual golf tournament, was founded by thefamily of William J. McKeown Jr., after losing their father to Alzheimer’s in1991.
"Throughthe generous donations of our sponsors and supporters, we have been able towork toward a cure for Alzheimer’s" said Joe McKeown, president of The McKeown Foundation and senior accountmanager for Penn Medicine. “The proceeds from this event helped the Foundationand Penn Memory Center continue working to achieve their goals.”