Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Thriller Author Fights for Alzheimer’s Reasearch

Author of the Rizzoli & Isles series of thrillers, Tess Gerritsen (Last to Die, The Silent Girl) has put together a campaign that has raised over $20,000 in the last month for Alzheimer’s research.

In a touching short video, Gerritsen talks about losing her professional chef father to the disease and how researchers are coming close to a cure. Gerritsen says she will match donated funds with $25,000 of her own money, earmarks for The Scripps Research Institute, whom Gerritsen feels is close to a cure.

Every five dollar donation provides an entry into a raffle to win one of several prizes, including two opportunities to name a character in the next Rizzoli & Isles novel, which will be out in 2014. Three runners up will win Rizzoli & Isles prize packages, including signed copies of books and various memorabilia.

 “If you’ve lost loved ones to Alzheimer’s,” Gerrtisen says in the video, “here’s one way to make them come alive again: as a character in a Rizzoli & Isles thriller.”

You can read more about Gerritsen’s cause here.


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