Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation Supports Research!America Advocacy Award

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

WASHINGTON-June 7, 2006-The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation will underwrite Research!America's annual volunteer advocacy award for research to improve health. The foundation will support the Gordon and Llura Gund Volunteer Leadership Award at $25,000 annually for five years.

"We are deeply appreciative of the Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation's generous commitment to Research!America and to the volunteer advocates who will receive this award," said Mary Woolley, president of Research!America. "The Gunds have been innovative supporters of medical and health research for more than 30 years, approaching research as an investment in a healthier future for us all and encouraging others to do likewise. Research!America is honored to have their continued partnership."

The Gunds' inaugural award will be presented at Research!America's 11th Annual Advocacy Awards gala on March 20, 2007, in Washington, DC.

In March 2006, Gordon Gund was honored with Research!America's award for Exceptional Contributions as a Volunteer Advocate for Medical and Health Research, for his role in advancing research for retinal degenerative diseases. He serves as chair of The Foundation Fighting Blindness, which he and Llura Gund helped to found. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is dedicated to finding the causes, treatments and cures for retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration and allied retinal degenerative diseases.

Mr. Gund was diagnosed as a young adult with retinitis pigmentosa, which has left him blind since 1970. He has gone on to become a highly successful investor, an owner of four professional sports teams and a prominent philanthropist.

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority.


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The capabilities are enormous, a little bit of research can pay off quite a bit in the long run.
Paul D’ Addario, retinitis pigmentosa patient