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Patients, families raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Development Communications | June 25, 2013

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Emory patient Charlie Shaffer and his wife, Harriet, have responded to his diagnosis of MCI as they handle most challenges: with candor, courage, and action. Emory Photo/Video.

Charlie Shaffer is an all-star.

As one of the Atlanta 9, a group of top civic leaders, he helped the city win its bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He chaired the Atlanta Sports Council, which attracted the Super Bowl to the city in 2000.

A renowned trial lawyer for more than three decades, he is retired as a senior partner at Atlanta’s King & Spalding law firm. He is past president and CEO of the Marcus Autism Center, which he led at the request of founder Bernie Marcus. He is former vice president for institutional advancement at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, and he helped his alma mater, the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), raise $2 billion as chair of its capital campaign.

He also has mild cognitive impairment (MCI), one of the diagnostic precursors to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

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