The Mary Rethlake Memorial Fund for 

Alzheimer’s Disease Research at the Mayo Clinic

Mary Rethlake was a vibrant, outgoing, beautiful, and loving woman who was coming into the golden years of her life when she became afflicted with Alzheimer’s. In December 2022, the disease not only took her life, but robbed her family of many years of her joyful presence.

Alzheimer's disease is not something which "just happens" to people when they get older. It is a neurological disease which gradually destroys the brain's ability to function, in some ways like brain cancer. It is always fatal.

Many in the medical community believe a cure for Alzheimer’s is on the horizon. But more research is needed to rid the planet of this scourge disease. To honor Mary, and all others who have experienced the devastating impact of this diesease, Mary's family has worked closely with the Mayo Clinic to establish a donor account which will specifically fund Alzheimer's research.  Information about the effort underway at the Mayo clinic is available by clicking here.

As a nonprofit educational institution, donations to the Mayo Clinic are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  As noted below, gifts from Delta Air Lines employees and retirees qualify for dollar-for-dollar matching contributions from the Delta Air Lines Foundation.

As of February, 2024, donations have exceeded $25,000.

Donation Procedures for Delta Air Lines Employees and Retirees

By working closely with the Mayo Clinic and Delta Air Lines Foundation, Mary's family has been able to qualify the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science for the DAL Foundation's 100% Matching Gifts to Education Program.  Click on the appropriate link below for instructions on how you can double your donation in the fight against Alzheimer's.


Despite extensive efforts to ensure functionality of the DeltaNet-CyberGrants interface, there continue to be reports which suggest some individuals are encountering difficulties when trying to request a matching grant.  In the event that should occur, please use the following steps to resolve:

Donation Procedures for All Others

To honor all those who have experienced the devastating impact of this disease, please make a tax-deductible donation to The Mary Rethlake Memorial Fund for Alzheimer's Disease Research at the Mayo Clinic using one of three ways:

Mayo Clinic Department of Development
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905

In the memo line of the check, please also indicate the gift should be assigned to the Mary Rethlake account.