Jan 22, 2013

Alzheimer's Kid Needs Our Help

This Alzheimer's kid started devoting his life to Alzheimer's when he was 6 years old. Ten years later he hasn't stopped and now he needs our help.

Alzheimer's Kid Needs Our Help
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Max Wallack first came into my awareness in 2009. He was 13 years old and had just won $2,500 for one of his inventions.

What happened next caught my attention.

Max didn't doing anything frivolous with his award, instead he did something remarkable, he donated the entire $2,500 to the Boston University School of Medicine’s Alzheimer's Disease Center.  All of it.

Next I learned that Max had helped care for his great grandmother who lived with Alzheimer's disease. He did this between the ages of 6 through 10.

Max has contributed many fascinating, often enlightened, and sometimes hair raising stories about Alzheimer's and his Great grams to the Alzheimer's Reading Room over the years.

But, now he needs our help.

Max is a finalist in the Kids Who Give contest. When he wins he intends to donate the entire $10,000 award to the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

This is a straight up contest based on votes received.  We can each vote once per day. The person with the largest number of votes at the end of the contest wins the $10,000

Please vote now, and please vote once each day.

Look for Max's image on the voting page, then click vote. Poof you are done for today.

By Max Wallack
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Hi everyone. Many of you are familiar with my interests and goals. I am a 16 year old college sophomore who is devoting his life to helping Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

Through my PuzzlesToRemember program, I have provided over 19,000 puzzles to facilities caring for Alzheimer’s patients. I’m also an editor here on the AlzheimersReadingRoom.

In addition, I spend about 20 hours a week during the school year, and full-time summers, doing Alzheimer’s research at Boston University School of Medicine.

I was an Alzheimer’s caregiver at a young age, and my experiences with this disease elucidated my lifelong path to tackle this disease on multiple fronts, encompassing compassionate care of those afflicted, support for weary caregivers, and research to find treatments and, perhaps, a cure. This is my mission in life.

Currently, I am one of 9 students who are in the running to receive $10,000 for their “cause”.

My cause is Alzheimer’s disease. I certainly would like the opportunity to provide $10,000 toward the innovative and wonderful Alzheimer’s research going on at Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Please help me by voting for Max Wallack, once a day, every day, from today through Feb 5 at


This is an opportunity to provide money for Alzheimer’s research at no cost to you. Please vote. It could make a real difference.

Max Wallack is a student at Boston University and a Research Intern in the Molecular Psychiatry and Aging Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Boston University School of Medicine.  His great grandmother, Gertrude, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of  PUZZLES TO REMEMBER. PTR is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and veterans institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

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