On Sunday, July 20, brothers Josh and Jake Akman, ages 25 and 22, their extended family and 150 others gathered for the second annual Dick Hollander Open™ at Blue Mash Golf Course in Laytonsville, Maryland. Founded in 2013 by Jake and Josh in honor of their grandfather, who has lived with Alzheimer’s for more than 15 years, the tournament was created specifically to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
The event included 18 holes of golf, a luncheon, an awards ceremony and contests. But it also served as a reminder of the devastating toll Alzheimer’s can take on a family. Mike Curren, a senior vice president of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, spoke about the state of Alzheimer’s research today.
“The greater the connection to your cause and the more challenging the endeavor, the more rewarding it is,” said Josh. “The whole event has brought our family closer together, but we would trade it all to have our grandfather back.” The Open raised more than $65,000, for a two-year total of more than $125,000.