Local best-selling author Tess Gerritsen has declared war on Alzheimer’s disease with a new online fundraising campaign in memory of her father, who died of the disease. Gerritsen believes this war can be won and that our fiercest warriors are our scientists, so proceeds will go directly to The Scripps Research Institute to support its Alzheimer’s research.

Each $5 donation enters the donor’s name in a prize raffle (i.e. a $25 donation is equivalent to five entries). Two grand prize winners will get to name one character each in the next Rizzoli & Isles novel, coming out in 2014. The named character’s role in the story is up to the discretion of the author, whose crime series has become a hit cable TV show.

Three runners-up will win prize packages that include a signed copy of Gerritsen’s most recent hardcover, “Last to Die”; a Rizzoli & Isles baseball cap, T-shirt and surgical scrub top; and handcuff earnings.

Gerritsen has pledged to match every dollar raised, up to $25,000. The GoFundMe campaign runs through midnight Tuesday, July 23. To learn more about the campaign and to participate, visit the crowd-sourcing site and search for War on Alzheimers.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.