The Nick & Lynn Buoniconti CTE Research Fund

Prior to his death in 2019, Nick Buoniconti and his wife Lynn launched the Nick & Lynn Buoniconti CTE Research Fund. Nick, who was diagnosed with dementia, committed the final years of his life to fighting CTE for the thousands of others who will benefit from effective treatments and eventually a cure. Please consider a donation in Nick's honor to support Dr. Ann McKee's research on CTE. Click here to make a donation online; scroll down for instructions on how to donate by check, and to read Lynn's letter on the launch of the fund in 2017.

My husband, Nick Buoniconti, is valiantly fighting his diagnosis of dementia. In addition, over the past 4 years, he has developed serious neuromotor issues. We believe that this is the unfortunate result of the many years he so passionately played football.

Over his life, Nick has given so much to so many, whether it was the joy of watching him during his Pro Football Hall of Fame career, or crusading for his fellow players, or watching him clown around on HBO’s Inside the NFL, or playing golf with him, or the $450 million he has raised for spinal cord injury research, or simply being Undefeated Nick!

Nick and Lynn Buoniconti

Recently published research found that 110 of 111 former NFL players who had their brains studied after death, including some close, personal friends, were diagnosed with CTE. We are on a journey to help advance CTE research so that others benefit from early detection and hopefully soon, effective treatments.

Nick is all in on fighting CTE, and has pledged to donate his brain upon his death to Dr. Ann McKee, telling the New York Times, “I owe it to the thousands of others who will follow me on this trek. My life is not what it was, and I just want to be able to help with Ann’s research and hopefully the research will end up helping so many other players.”

Nick Buoniconti Dolphins

Dr. McKee is the world’s foremost expert on CTE, and over the last decade has revolutionized our understanding of the disease. We visited her lab at Boston University CTE Center and were so humbled by her knowledge, her passion and her commitment to solving this problem.

We have launched the Nick & Lynn Buoniconti CTE Research Fund through Boston University to raise funds for Dr. McKee’s crucial research.

In honor of Nick, we are asking you to make a donation to the Nick & Lynn Buoniconti CTE Research Fund. Donations to Dr. McKee's research can be made in honor of Nick at this link.

Nick Buoniconti Brain Pledge

There are thousands of families counting on Dr. McKee and her incredible team to continue to move this field forward. Nothing makes Nick prouder than knowing this effort will help countless former, current and future players, as well as our military veterans who also suffer from CTE.

Thank you in advance for your gift,
Lynn Buoniconti

To donate by check, please make the check payable to the Dr. Ann McKee CTE Research Fund at Boston University School of Medicine and send to:

Attn: The Nick & Lynn Buoniconti / Dr. Ann McKee CTE Research Fund
Boston University School of Medicine
Development Office, L219
72 E. Concord St.
Boston, MA 02118

BU's Tax ID is 04-210-3547

With questions on donating, please call the Development Office at 617-358-9535 or email

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