For many years until his death from leukemia in 2013, Gary supported the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. He left part of his estate to the Foundation to promote research into mental illness.
This page was created to recognize a cause that was close to Gary's heart and, also, to allow others so inclined to make donations in his memory.
As a scientist himself (at IBM), Gary recognized the importance of research. Although recent discoveries have dramatically improved the lives of people with mental illness and their families, it remains an ongoing challenge that is never really "won."
The Gary Sevitsky Memorial Fund for Research into Mental Illness will roll out over the coming months and years as a permanent tribute to Gary's support for research into better treatments for mental illness.
Brian Cohen December 6, 2013
-------------------------------------- Why support the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation?
• 1 in 4 Americans live with mental health disorders. • The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) awards grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research for major mental illnesses.
Since 1987 BBRF has awarded over $300 Million to 3,700 scientists and research projects leading to discoveries, causes and treatments of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and childhood psychiatric disorders, among others.
Moreover, all of the Foundation's operating & overhead expenses are covered by two family foundations. This means that 100% of other donations go directly to its scientific research grants.