The Cure Run

The Cure Run was established by Institute Development Committee member Dennis Akers, and is made up of individuals and teams who run in the Gasparilla Distance Classic to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and its devastating effects on patients and caregivers.

You can help in several ways:

  • Make a contribution on behalf of a runner or in memory or honor of a loved one
  • Attend a tour of the Institute
  • Join the fight against Alzheimer’s

Gifts may be made securely online by visiting Please make checks payable to: USF Foundation, Inc.

For more information about how you may help support the important work being done, please contact Holly Lisle, Director of Development at 813-974-0890.

Special Thanks to Our 2013 Sponsors

Dennis Akers and the founding of ‘Cure Run’

After completing his second year at the University of South Florida, Dennis Akers was interested in getting involved with an organization as a way to give back to the community. His mother, Debbie Akers, recommended he work with the new Alzheimer’s Institute that opened at USF in 2009. Dennis, who managed to raise $12,000 for the Jimmy V. Cancer Foundation as a high school athlete, felt it would be a great opportunity to work with a local non-profit located at the university. During his junior year, he met with the Institute’s staff and shared his desire to help raise awareness. “They gave me the chance and I ran with it,” said Dennis.

Today, the Cure Run is an annual initiative that raises funds to support the Byrd Institute’s mission of the prevention, treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s disease. “I’ve had many people ask why I care so much about Alzheimer’s. I feel memories are all we really have. What is life without memories? The easiest way for me to explain it is by telling people to close their eyes and think of their fondest memory,” said Dennis.

“Imagine waking up every day and not remembering your family, friends, first loves, or your life. So, you really want to know why I do what I do? Just close your eyes.”