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Penn Medicine Teams Up and Gives Back in the Fight Against AD

Dr-DorshimerPenn Medicine teamed up with The McKeown Foundation and local athletes to raise funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  At a “Score Against Alzheimer’s” event held at the Kitchen Bar Restaurant Café in Abington, they raised $7,000 to benefit the McKeown Foundation. The funds will support their work to promote the 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. 

Pictured from L to R:  Gary Dorshimer, MD, section chief, General Internal Medicine, PAH, and Team Internist for the Philadelphia Eagles and Head Team Physician for the Philadelphia Flyers: Andreas Lilja, defenseman for the Flyers: Joe McKeown president of the McKeown Foundation: Suzanne Sawyer, chief Marketing Officer, Penn Medicine; Jim McCrossin , ATC, CSCC,  head athletic trainer for the Philadelphia Flyers. 

The PMC combines the expertise of neurologists, geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians and social workers devoted to the evaluation and treatment of dementia illnesses. The Penn Memory Center is a multidisciplinary part of the Cognitive Neurology program. It's also the clinical component of the University of Pennsylvania's Alzheimer's Disease Center, one of 27 nationwide funded by the National Institute on Aging.

The McKeown Foundation, which hosts an annual golf tournament, was founded by the family of William J. McKeown Jr., after losing their father to Alzheimer’s in 1991.

"Through the generous donations of our sponsors and supporters, we have been able to work toward a cure for Alzheimer’s" said Joe McKeown, president of The McKeown Foundation and senior account manager for Penn Medicine. “The proceeds from this event helped the Foundation and Penn Memory Center continue working to achieve their goals.”

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