You may have heard Terry Pratchett announced Thursday, March 13 at the Alzheimer's Research Trust 9th Annual Conference in Bristol, UK that he will donate one million dollars to Alzheimer's research at the University of Bradford. At the conference he said, "Ladies and Gentlemen. My name is Terry Pratchett, author of a series of inexplicably successful fantasy books and I have had Alzheimer's now for the past two years plus, in which time I managed to write a couple of bestsellers..." "It's a shock and a shame, then, to find out that funding for research is three per cent of that which goes to find cancer cures..." "So let's shout something loud enough to hear. We need you and you need money. I'm giving you a million dollars. Spend it wisely." Read more about it at SFWA news.
Science fiction author Pat Cadigan has responded to the announcement with a challenge to Terry Pratchett's many fans and friends to "Match it for Pratchett" and contribute toward Alzheimer's disease research. She points out that it would take only a couple of dollars each from 1/2 million people to match Pratchett's generous pledge.
Let's match it for Pratchett!