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In Memory of Carol Carrano

A personal campaign sponsored by The Children of Carol Carrano

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Thank you for visiting. Please take a moment to learn about The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation below and about our Mom. If you would like to make a donation, please follow the link above.

Our Mom, Carol, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was a longtime resident of Shelton, CT and passed away on July 13, 2020. She had recently lost her husband, our Dad, to cancer on June 23, 2020. It was a tremendous loss for our family and an unbearable loss for our Mom, that further worsened and complicated her long history of mental illness. 

Our Mom was creative, loved arts and crafts and always incorporated the specialness of things that were homemade throughout her life. She loved nature and especially loved gardening, flowers, the beach, hummingbirds and butterflies. She was an Elvis fan, loved to collect things, loved to cook family meals and bake for the holidays. Being with her family was her favorite place to be and her grandchildren were her joy. She had spunk and a fiery personality that matched her red hair. Our Mom had a big voice, big feelings and a big presence packed in a petite size. She taught us all growing up that love is in the details. We will remember her for her sentimental ways. 

It isn’t until now, after her passing, that many family and friends are learning of her mental health history and how much she struggled. 

Sadly, in our society, there is a major stigma that still surrounds mental health issues. We, as a society, need to continue learning, accepting, supporting, and talking about mental health in hopes to improve our own and others’ well being.

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”-Glenn Close

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s mission is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

The Foundation funds the most innovative ideas in neuroscience and psychiatry to better understand the causes and develop new ways to treat brain and behavior disorders.

These illnesses include

  • addiction
  • attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • anxiety
  • autism
  • bipolar disorder
  • borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • schizophrenia
  • Since 1987, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) has awarded more than $408 million to fund more than 5,900 grants to more than 4,800 scientists around the world.
  • According to the Rand Corporation, BBRF is the nation’s top non-governmental funder of mental health research grants.

  • 100% of every dollar donated for research is invested in our research grants. Our operating expenses are covered by separate foundation grants.

  • The Foundation only funds scientists whose research is reviewed and recommended by a world-renowned Scientific Council including a Nobel Prizewinner and chairs of psychiatric departments.

  • Learn more about the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.