Rick Sharp was a dynamic business leader, loving husband, doting father, and lifelong friend to many. From 1986 until 2000, he served as the CEO of Circuit City. Under his leadership, the electronics retailer grew from $175 million to $10.6 billion in annual revenue. He went on to found and lead used car superstore CarMax, and was a founding investor and Chairman of the Board of popular footwear brand Crocs. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010, he, along with wife Sherry, vowed to do all that they could to help find a cure for this disease. Shortly after his death, in 2014 at age 67, Sherry Sharp founded the Rick Sharp Alzheimer’s Foundation in his name. The non-profit works with research and advocacy partners to raise awareness and critical funds to help the millions who are impacted by Alzheimer’s, and the families whose lives are touched by the disease. 100% of the dollars raised by the Rick Sharp Alzheimer's Foundation go directly to funding research.
Sherry Sharp and her family are strong supporters of Alzheimer’s disease research. Mrs. Sharp’s late husband, Richard L. Sharp, founded the car dealership chain CarMax and V-Ten Capital Partners, served as CEO of Circuit City electronics and was chairman of the board of Crocs shoes. He passed away from posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease, at age 65. In her husband’s honor, Mrs. Sharp has joined the board of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund to further our mission of preventing, slowing or reversing Alzheimer’s disease.
Sherry has devoted herself to improving the lives of others through education, children’s services, and medical research. In addition, she had devoted time to Christian Ministry and writing, including publishing Chicken Soup for the Soul, Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias Edition. Her story, Life Interrupted, was inspired by her experience as caregiver to her husband after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Mrs. Sharp lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Cure Alzheimer’s Fund
Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a non-profit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Since its founding in 2004, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed more than $50 million to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for several key breakthroughs—including a groundbreaking “Alzheimer’s in a Dish” study. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has received a score of Perfect 100 Percent regarding its overall financial health from Charity Navigator and a four star rating from the organization for five consecutive years. With 100 percent of funds raised going directly to research, Cure Alzheimer’s has been able to support some of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer’s research.