CurePSP Tribute Funds
CurePSP Tribute Funds are a lasting legacy to honor the memory of someone whose impact on the world goes far beyond their life on it.
Pierre is known by many as the face of PSP for his contributions through videos and photographs, telling his story and enlisting support of researchers and physicians to find a cure for these dreadful diseases. He was a great advocate for the fight on all fronts, including the rights of patients to die with dignity. He lived these commitments with purpose.
Mark was smart beyond measure and humble to a fault. He had a passion for finance and, being a natural athlete, all things sport related. During their marriage, Mark and Diane spent a lot of time on the tennis court, hiking, dining, and drinking with friends, golfing, and had the benefit of traveling to Germany, Italy, and the UK before Mark became sick with PSP.
Elmo De La Cruz
Elmo Minimirito de la Cruz was born on October 18th, 1943 in Bauang, La Union, Philippines. Out of 9 children, he was the 6th child of Jose and Emilia de la Cruz. In 1966, he left the Philippines to join the United States Navy. He worked as a steward and was last stationed on the USS Massey, which took him many places around the world. After his years of service, he worked as a supervisor for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Newark, NJ, for the remainder of his career.
Ray Lewis Nunnally was a warm, brilliant, funny man with a smile that lit up the world. Ray earned his PhD in Biophysics and did scientific research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and the University of Oregon in Eugene. As a pioneer in MRI and spectroscopy, Ray also worked to develop low cost MRI scanners and better MRI contrast agents.
Suzanne Wasserman, born in Chicago, was a prominent New York-based historian who focused largely on the Lower East Side, working since 2000 at the Gotham Center for New York City History. Her work featured in a wide array of publications, exhibitions and educational programs. On June 26, 2017, she passed away as a result of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), at the age of 60.
Maria Concetta Molinaro
Maria Concetta Molinaro, was born November 7, 1946 on the small island of Malta. Her infectious positivity made her loved by many. She’s lived her life with grace, dignity, independence, strength, drive, commitment, unconditional love for all, forgiveness and selflessness. She was witty, sarcastic, fun and funny. On July 4th, 2016, she gave up her battle and moved on to a better place.
Mary Lou Figanmese
Mary Lou Figanmese was an American woman of Pennsylvania-Dutch heritage. She had been married to her Turkish husband, Isik, since 1981, whom she met in Pennsylvania. Known to her friends and family for her loving and hard-working personality, Mary Lou's favorite pastime was always helping and doing things for others.
Born on January 4, 1940, she was the daughter of an Air Force officer, Col. Leroy E. Loftis, who served in both WWII and the Korean War. Originally diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, ultimately she was correctly diagnosed with PSP. Her family – her two sons and ex-husband — quickly became intimately familiar with the challenges of PSP.