On Saturday, October 18, Porter Road Butcher Beefs Up the Fight Against Frontotemporal Degeneration

On Saturday, October 18, Porter Road Butcher will donate 10% of its sales at both locations (501 Gallatin Avenue in East Nashville and 4816 Charlotte Avenue in West Nashville) to raise awareness and funds for The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).

Kirk Ryder and Chris Carter.  Mr. Ryder was diagnosed with FTD in 2007.

Kirk Ryder and Chris Carter. Mr. Ryder was diagnosed with FTD in 2007.

Donations will be accepted; a Porter Road Butcher baked cookie will be given to donors as a special “thank you.”  Porter Road Butcher is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Educational information on FTD will also be available.  The rare disease affects approximately 50,000 people nationwide. It is a debilitating form of dementia that affects the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain. FTD strikes people in the prime of life – typically between ages 50 and 60 – and erodes their ability to speak, move and/or behave within social norms. There is no known cure for FTD. Current treatments may address symptoms, but do not alter or slow disease progression. For those affected, getting a correct diagnosis is challenging, as many physicians are unfamiliar with FTD.

“I chose to be part of Food for Thought campaign because my mom, Lucy Carter, and I wanted to do something personally to further AFTD’s work. They are funding cutting-edge research to bring meaningful advances in treatments and eventually a cure to people affected by this disease,” said Porter Road Butcher co-owner Chris Carter.  Chris’ step-father, Kirk Ryder, was diagnosed with FTD in 2007.  Porter Road Butcher is one of many individuals and businesses across the country raising awareness of Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) as part of AFTD’s “Food for Thought” campaign.

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration envisions a world where FTD is understood, effectively diagnosed, treated, cured and ultimately prevented. For more information about AFTD or frontotemporal degeneration, visit www.theaftd.org. For information on the event at Porter Road Bucher, please visit www.prbutcher.com.