Google co-founder Sergey Brin had been donating to Parkinson's causes since 2005, predominately the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. His dedication to research for the disease stems from a personal connection.
Today, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell were the recipients of a rare "woo hoo" from players and families by donating $30 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research degenerative brain diseases. This research will not only benefit football players, but all athletes subjected to head trauma.
The Living Well Network isn't Debbie Jones' — it's her husband's. In 2012, Mrs. Jones gifted $1 million to Methodists Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis in honor of her late husband Dennis, to help prevent other people from losing a loved one the same way she lost her husband. In 2009, two days after Christmas, Dennis Jones committed suicide after a lifelong battle with depression.
Many soldiers returning from the wars in the Middle East are plagued with severe depression, and most suffer some form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The U.S. Military lacks the resources necessary to treat every soldier that needs help, especially when including military reservists and the National Guard. The Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation has responded to the military's call for help, awarding over $2 million to help soldiers leave the desert mentally as well as physically.
Next to Autism Speaks, The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is one of the largest sources for autism research funding in the US, and it is growing exponentially. In 2007, its founding year, SFARI’s budget was $1.1 million; the number grew to just over $5 million in 2009, and by 2010 it had increased to $17.4 million.