Leadership seems to come naturally for Ed Rapp. Retiring from Caterpillar in 2016 after being diagnosed with ALS, Ed has since made it a personal challenge to support efforts to find more effective treatment options and, ultimately, a cure. While Ed and his wife, Ann, have relocated to Cary, NC, they remain committed to their philanthropic support of the Peoria area they once called home.
“We have focused our efforts on supporting those in search of a cure, those bringing better assistive technologies to those suffering from this disease,” said Ed. “The endowment not only supports innovation in the area of assistive technologies but also supports our hometown of Peoria.”
In 2017 the Rapps created the Ed and Ann Rapp Family Endowment. Its purpose is to help drive exciting interdisciplinary collaboration among OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute (OSF INI), Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center (Jump) in Peoria and engineers from University of Illinois. This group is putting their different skills and insights together to make a difference in the lives of patients.
The Rapps’ gift of $1,000,000 to support their endowment is being used to support neuroscience innovation focused on assistive technologies, improving access to care, and aiding in earlier diagnosis to benefit patients with ALS and other complex neurological conditions. Along with their personal contribution, the Rapps have inspired more than $1.3 million in additional and matching gifts to the Endowment—leading the way to new hope for many patients who suffer from diseases like ALS, as Ed does.
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