Mar 8, 2011

Cure Alzheimer's Now -- Climb ON

Alan Arnette is a man on a mission. His goal raise Alzheimer's awareness and $1 million...
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Alan Arnette knows Alzheimer's. His mother succumbed to Alzheimer's in 2009.

Alan Arnette has a vision. He wants to raise $1 million for Alzheimer's research. His mission -- climb the 7 tallest mountains on 7 continents -- The 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's Memories Are Everything. Two down, five to go. Next up, Mt. Everest in Nepal.

He needs our help and he needs it now. Let me be clear. This isn't about raising money for the climb(s), and it isn't about putting money in Alan's pocket. It is about raising money for Alzheimer's research.

When you donate, 100 percent of the funds you donate will go directly to Alzheimer's research. Not 72 percent. 100 percent. All costs of the expeditions, all administrative costs, and every other cost is being absorbed by the organizations that are participating in this effort.**

I'll explain this in greater detail in another article.

Will you climb with Alan?

For those of you that often complain that not enough is being done to discover an effective cure or treatment for Alzheimer's, will you participate?

This is not the time to complain. Are you part of the solution?

Your donation no matter how small or how large will make a difference.

When you make your donation it will go directly to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
At the Cure Alzheimer's Fund they think like venture capitalists. They bet on the scientists, not on the institutions, and they cut out the bureaucracy so the scientist can focus on research, instead of paperwork.

The founders of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund will make sure that 100 percent of your money goes directly into Alzheimer's research. The founders of the fund pay all the administrative and operating costs of the fund out of their own pockets.

You can listen to Alan below. Or you can read his words below.

Climb ON.

Hello, I am pleased to be speaking with the readers of Bob DeMarco’s Alzheimer’s Reading Room Blog about my quest to raise $1M for research and increase the awareness of Alzheimer’s through climbing mountains.

I lost my mom, Ida, to Alzheimer's about a year and half ago. As my family and I went through the stages of the disease with her - watching her lose her short term memory, then long term memory, not being able to take care of herself, losing her identity and finally succumbing to the disease; it was horrifying.

We were helpless knowing there was no cure. We could only keep her comfortable.

But what is more tragic is that every 70 seconds another family starts that same devastating journey. The toll on the individual, families, caregivers and finances is beyond belief. Today, there are over 5 million people with Alzheimer’s in the U.S., 25 million worldwide and those numbers are projected to quadruple by 2050.

That is why I am raising awareness of Alzheimer's and $1M for research through climbing The 7 Summits - the highest mountain on each continent this year. The connection between climbing mountains and Alzheimer’s encompasses many of the challenges families as do researchers. It is a long, hard journey where you want to quit. But we cannot give up on the Alzheimer’s climb.

As I climb these mountains, I am making a simple request - donate one penny for every foot I climb. For Everest that would be $196. For all 7 summits it would only be $808. Less than what you may spend on your morning coffee. My first summit was Antarctica's Mt. Vinson and then South America’s Aconcagua just a few weeks ago. I leave for Everest at the end of March and the rest throughout 2011.

My climbs are funded by the Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy and Pfizer Inc. so that 100% of your donations go to Alzheimer’s, none ever to me.

I have selected The Cure Alzheimer's Fund,, which is a non-profit that directs 100% of all donations to promising research and shares the results across all industries and organizations. For family caregivers support, I suggest the National Family Caregivers Association.

About me; I am 54 and took early retirement in 2007 after 30 years with Hewlett-Packard when my mom’s disease took a drastic turn. I have been climbing for 15 years including 25 major expeditions around the world. Today, I live in Colorado with my wife and am focused on my Alzheimer's work.

Please know how much I appreciate your support and please follow along with the climbs! You can follow me from my website Alan Arnette or our Facebook page. You will also find the links for making your donation there.

Climb On!

This is Alan, and please remember that memories are everything.

**Campaign Supporters. The Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy and Pfizer Inc. are funding Arnette's climbs. International Mountain Guides is also supporting Arnette's efforts. The Cure Alzheimer's Fund. The National Family Caregivers Association is also helping and benefiting.

Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room