A major gift from a Lubbock family will aid both young children learning to read and senior citizens facing the potential of alzheimer’s disease. The Don-Kay Clay Cash Foundation created a $1 million endowed chair for alzheimer's research. It will assist the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Garrison Institute on Aging in building a team of world-class researchers who will identify early stages of alzheimer’s disease, develop prevention strategies and work to discover new treatments.
In addition, the foundation created a $500,000 endowed professorship in reading education to help Texas Tech University's College of Education attract a nationally known scholar in the field of literacy.
Don and Kay Cash and son Clay are all graduates of Texas Tech University. Don Cash says, "Texas Tech is our favorite place to give because it gave Kay, Clay and me the opportunities for successful careers." Kay Cash's mother and Don's father suffer from dementia and are residents of the Garrison Center.