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Thursday, January 20, 2011

CBS Sports' Jim Nantz to open Alzheimer's center at Methodist Hospital Houston

CBS Sports' Jim Nantz will open an Alzheimer's center at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. Strange how timing works...the announcement was made yesterday on the anniversary of my mom's death from Alzheimer's Disease:

Emmy Award winning CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz and The Methodist Hospital in Houston have created the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC), an all-inclusive center committed to accelerating the progress of cutting-edge Alzheimer's research and treatment in hopes of one day finding a cure. The Center will provide an environment for comprehensive care of Alzheimer's patients and their families.

CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz announced the creation of the Nantz National Alzheimer Center at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday. Envisioned as a center for research and comprehensive care of Alzheimer’s patients, it is named in memory of Nantz’s father, who died in 2008 of the disease. Photo by Don Hill/The Methodist Hospital System.
Nantz returned to his adopted hometown of Houston to make the announcement with Dr. Stanley Appel, Chairman of Neurology at The Methodist Hospital, and Ron Girotto, president and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System.

Nantz's father, Jim Nantz Jr., died in 2008 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and was treated at The Methodist Hospital. Every 72 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and it is projected that as many as 16 million people will have Alzheimer's by 2050.

"Through my personal giving and fundraising we are creating the NNAC in honor of my father; as a lasting tribute to my mother Doris, and sister Nancy who represent the millions of people who have lived through the hardship of caregiving; and my daughter Caroline, who symbolizes the hope and the future of the next generation," Nantz said. "It is our hope the NNAC will help discover what causes Alzheimer's, how to prevent it, how to treat it, and ultimately how to cure it – and that's our goal. We will do everything possible to raise awareness and develop resources for this Center to not only battle Alzheimer's disease but to bring additional focus to neurological trauma of all kinds." READ THE REST

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