Dec 23, 2009

Who is Max Wallack?

Who is Max Wallack?

By +Bob DeMarco 
+Alzheimer's Reading Room

Max Wallack is a sophomore at Boston University Academy. Max is 13 years old.

Max is an inventor.

Max's great-grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

Max, the inventor, came up with a simple but ingenious idea. He started a public charity called Puzzles To Remember.  A wonderful play on words.

Puzzles To Remember collects new and in good condition puzzles and distributes them to facilites that care for patients suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia.

Bob DeMarco  is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room

Max's good works did not go unnoticed. Max was awarded $2500 for this effort. Max Wallack was named a 2009 Build-A-Bear Huggable Hero. Care to guess what Max did with his new found 2500 bucks?

Bought a new IPod? Put it in the bank for college? Guess again.

Max turned around and donated the $2500 to the Boston University School of Medicine’s Alzheimer's Disease Center.

After reading about Max, I decided to Google his name.

Lo and behold. Last year at the tender age of twelve Max did even better. He won a laptop computer and a $10,000 prize from the Intel Foundation. He called that invention the Home Dome.

What is the Home Dome? Well basically Max took trash and turned it into an inexpensive shelter for the homeless. The Home Dome is built with wire, plastic bags and styrofoam packing peanuts.

At the ripe old age of seven Max won an award for the Great-Granny Booster Step -- a wooden step with a handle that allowed his grandmother to step into a mini-van.

Here is a shot of Max in the Home Dome.

I have no idea what Max is working on these days. All I can say is -- look out Alzheimer's. Max is on the case.

You can click the links in the article to learn more about Max and his inventions. Or, you can send a puzzle.

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