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.
My husband Kelley and I have been a part of the acoustic music scene in Southern Illinois since the 1980s, as members of several bluegrass bands. Kelley, an accomplished guitar flat-picker, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2014, secondary to a severe Rocky Mountain spotted fever infection (a tick-borne illness). As his condition has progressed, we felt compelled to record a sort of bucket list project, celebrating the many fine people we have come to know as a result of our musical endeavors.
Just imagine you have just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, a debilitating disease with no cure in sight. As a crescendo of emotions, such as fear and depression, run through your head like a racecar flying at 200 MPH, you begin to worry about the future, as you know you will lose more than just your memories. Your behavior will change; you may act in ways you never dreamed of doing. You may become paranoid of people around you, strangers, caretakers, and even the ones you love. Eventually it will become very difficult to walk, eat, and speak.