Cure Alzheimer's Fund has raised over $50 million for Alzheimer's disease research — and we couldn't have done it without the support of amazing individuals like the ones featured here. Our Heroes are fundraising for us all over the globe by organizing everything from races to tournaments to concerts to benefit Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
This summer, instead of participating in the Hood River, Oregon endurance kiteboarding race (a cancer survivor fundraiser, which I was a part of the last two years) I decided to fundraise for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (www.curealz.org), an organization at the forefront of research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. With this effort, I honor my father, Charlie Collier, 69, who was diagnosed with early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s several years ago.
In 2015, we hosted our first major golf tournament at Bidermann and raised thousands of dollars that went directly to research. This year we are hosting our 3rd annual golf event and adding an exciting Tennis tournament at Vicmead Hunt Club, which is part of Bidermann.
Gabrielle, a high school senior, created a benefit dance performance, dedicated to her grandmother and the millions of other people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease.
“I’m trying to keep this ship afloat. I’m trying not to lose hope,” are the opening lyrics to “Level Best,” a song co-written by Mila Maring-Sims, caregiver for her husband Kelley, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2014. “As members of several bluegrass bands, my husband and I have been a part of the acoustic music scene in Southern Illinois since the 1980s,” said Mila.
Neil Friedenberg, owner and president of ProLite Sports in Port Washington, Wisconsin, produces customized pickleball paddles for many different clients. When his wife’s grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago, Neil said, “It took its toll on her very quickly and she later passed away. It was very difficult on all of us.” In an effort to raise awareness for the disease among pickleball players everywhere, ProLite designed and manufactured a limited-edition paddle with the words END ALZ on it. For each paddle sold, ProLite contributes $15 to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.
Joe Kowalski, 21, is a YouTuber, writer, actor and indie filmmaker from the Cleveland area. “Every time I make a film and have a local premiere, we give people the option to donate to a specific charity,” explained Joe. This year he selected Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. “I love the good work the organization does and that 100 percent of donations goes directly to research. One of the characters in our newest film—“Prism”—has a form of dementia, so we thought it would be a nice tie-in,” he said.