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Sports Commentator, Methodist Hospital Launch National Alzheimer Center

January 20, 2011
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In a new collaboration to fight Alzheimer’s disease, Jim Nantz, an Emmy Award-winning CBS Sports commentator, has partnered with The Methodist Hospital in Houston to create the Nantz National Alzheimer Center.

According to a release, the Center is “committed to accelerating the progress of cutting-edge Alzheimer's research and treatment in hopes of one day finding a cure,” and will provide patients with comprehensive care.

Nantz's father, Jim Nantz Jr., died in 2008 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and was treated at The Methodist Hospital.

“Through my personal giving and fundraising we are creating the [Center] 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 in a release. “It is our hope the [Center] 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.”

The Center will also focus on the possible connection between concussions and other head traumas in athletes and the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

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