Garry G. Buttermann IV Memorial Grant for Prion Disease Research
TeamBUTTER is a group of family and friends of Garry Butterman IV who through mud, sweat, tears and other obstacles raise awareness of CJD and other prion diseases. On July 31, 2021, TeamBUTTER will again hit the mud in our attempt to work together to spread CJD awareness, conquer obstacles, and celebrate with each other.
At the age of 39, Garry died from prion disease. Garry was a young, vibrant, entrepreneur, getting ready to begin a new journey as a professor at Florida Tech, engaged to the love of his life, an avid golfer, cyclist, baseball player, pick-up basketball player, and life-long friend to many. Yet, unbeknownst to anyone, prion disease was stealing him away. Garry didn't show signs that something was wrong until the spring of 2010. He was unable to get a diagnosis until one week before he died. Garry died July 15, 2010. Prion diseases are rare, neurodegenerative diseases. There is no treatment for prion diseases. They progress rapidly, are difficult to diagnose, and are always fatal.
For the last 6 years, TeamBUTTER has annually raised $10,000 to award the Garry G. Buttermann IV Memorial Research Grant for Prion Disease Research through the CJD Foundation / Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation. We have not held the Garry G. Buttermann IV Charity Golf Scramble, our primary source of fundraising, since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we have continued to raise money to reach our goal of $10,000. As of May 2021, we still have $2500 to go in order to award the grant. Please help us reach our goal by donating on this page. And if you have a TeamBUTTER shirt, please wear it on July 31 as TeamBUTTER hits the mud! Thank you!