COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland men's basketball head coach Mark Turgeon needs your votes to win $100,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association –the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Turgeon is one of 48 coaches competing in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. For 10 weeks, the nation’s top coaches will be counting on fans to vote for their favorite charity. The coaches receiving the most votes gain a spot in the finals, with the winning coach receiving $100,000 toward his charity.
Turgeon has a personal connection with Alzheimer’s as his wife, Ann, lost her father, Jon Fowler, to Alzheimer’s in June of 2006 at the age of 68 after being diagnosed with the disease six years prior. Please click here for a blog from Ann about the Turgeon family's connection to Alzheimer's.
The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease in 2016. Alzheimer's is a disease that attacks the brain and is the most common form of dementia. In 2016, Alzheimer’s and other dementias cost the nation $236 billion and that number could rise to be as high as $1.1 trillion by 2050. Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, is the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.
Click on to this LINK to show your support. Voting for Round One ends on Sunday, January 22 with only 24 coaches moving on to Round Two.