By Shaune Marx
Photography: Lindsay Dill

Joseph Massaro was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease six years ago, yet doctors are no closer to finding a cure for this life-threatening diagnosis. His wife, Carol, is doing what she can to change that. She founded the Joseph A. Massaro Jr. Alzheimer’s Research Fund as part of the Pittsburgh Foundation, raising more than $250,000 for treatment research. To thank all of the generous donors who had contributed $1,000 or more to the fund, Massaro held a cocktail party at Oakmont Country Club for 220 guests. Supporters enjoyed buffet-style tapas, including grilled vegetables, lamb burgers, sliced filet sandwiches, and smoked salmon, followed by desserts and coffee. “I was amazed and grateful at the response, and I also feel an obligation to use the money that was committed to me to fund the best research possible in Pittsburgh,” says Carol. Incredibly, every dollar raised will go straight toward Alzheimer’s research, since the Massaro family paid for the benefit with their own funds. “I feel so strongly about the research that needs to be done on Alzheimer’s, I didn’t want any of the money to go toward anything except paying for the research,” she says. “I’m so committed to trying to find some answer.”

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