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michael bratton GOLF-SPONSOPRBAR    The Bratton family had never heard of FTLD and had no history of it.  Not knowing what was medically wrong with Michael or Patsy, we were devastated when Michael took his life and then only four years later Patsy would succumb to the disease. They were only in their 50’s and should have been enjoying their grandbabies.

It is so hard to explain how devastating FTLD can be on a family. The sufferer’s personality changes drastically, and since they tend to be young and in the prime of their life, diagnosis is difficult.  Families can be torn apart and suffer financial ruin.    

It is the mission of the Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration Association to educate medical professionals about FTLD so that other families do not suffer the same as the Bratton family by not knowing about the disease. Many people go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with psychiatric disorders like bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia.

     Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration Association, “FTLDA”  is an ALL VOLUNTEER 501(c)(3) charitable organization, based in San Antonio, Texas.  The mission of FTLDA is to raise FTLD awareness, promote education of medical professionals, and advance research into the causes and treatment of FTLD. FTLDA helps to fund research by Dr. Paul Schulz who is a regular special guest at the tournament.     

Your paricipation in the Michael Bratton Memorial Golf Tournament is not only a tribute to the son, brother, father and grandfather lost to the Bratton family, (and to many of you , a friend), but you are helping to fund vital research. FTLDA encourages you to become a Sponsor as well as a participant in this annual event!

With warmest regards,

Terri Bratton, Founder

Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration Association




The Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration Association is dedicated to its mission; To raise awareness, educate medical professionals, and advance research of FTD and related neurological disorders.

FTLDA is working toward their mission goals by:

  • * Providing speakers to raise awareness.

  • * Coordinating neuroscientists to participate in Grand Rounds to educate medical professionals.

  • * Facilitating the donation of brain tissue, and essential fluids with families with loved ones with FTD directly to FTD specific laboratories for the advancement of research.


     FTLDA is acting in response to the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Conference: Alzheimer’s Disease- Related Dementias, Research Challenges and Opportunities

     Recommendation: Establish an international network of FTD cohorts and collect clinical, genetic, and biomarker data in a centralized database/coordinating center.  read more

     FTLDA also encourages high school students in San Antonio, Houston and the south Texas region who are interested in neuroscience to participate in the South Texas Brain Bee. The STBB is an official chapter of the International Brain Bee.



UT Health Science Center – President’s Gala 2016

GalainviteOn September 24, 2016 the University of Texas Health Science Center hosted a President’s gala honoring Major General (USA retired) Joe & Patty Robles. Members of FTLDA attended this event and can be seen in the photo below. Left to right: Paul Schulz M.D., Sarah Oxford (executive director FTLDA), Mary Alice and Henry Cisneros (president FTLDA) & Terri Bratton (FTLDA founder).