(WINDSOR, ON) – The founder of Titan Tool and Die, Joseph Szecsei, and his wife Magdalena have created the Szecsei Parkinson and Neurodegenerative Disease Research Fund with the initial donation of $100,000.
“Living with advanced Parkinson’s has been one of the greatest challenges in my life,” said Joseph. “The disease has robbed me of the many things I always enjoyed doing, mainly the use of my motor ability and the ability to use my hands to create. Both my family and I are looking forward to the day when there are more options for treatment and, of course, a cure.”
The new fund will benefit the research being undertaken by Siyaram Pandey and Jerome Cohen at the University of Windsor as part of the Behaviour, Cognition, and Neuroscience program. The pair has a platform to study Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and develop therapeutic interventions to block their progression.
The dean of science, Chris Houser, anticipates the Szecsei donation will make a difference in advancing the disease research at UWindsor.
“We appreciate the support of the Szecsei family and their creation of this fund,” said Houser. “Part of the university experience is to expose undergraduate and graduate students to research and provide the training required for them to be the scientists of tomorrow. The Szecsei Fund allows us to fulfil this promise and support research towards finding alternative treatments for these diseases.”
Both Joseph and Magdalena say they are thrilled to support research in Windsor and are looking forward to advancements in treatment.