The 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's: Memories Are Everything®
Raising Funds and Awareness for Alzheimer’s

Alan Arnette is an Alzheimer's advocate for individuals, their families and anyone impacted by this disease through his professional speaking, climbing and website.

His objectives for the Memories are Everything® climbs are:
  • Educate the public, especially youth, on the early warning signs and how to prepare
  • Increase awareness that Alzheimer's Disease has no cure
  • Raise research money for Alzheimer's non-profits
His projects include:

Over $250,000 raised for Alzheimer's non-profits and
50 million people reached through my climbs

Donate to Alzheimer's • NO CURE, always Fatal
• No easy, inexpensive method of early detection
• 3rd leading cause of death in the US
• New case every 68 seconds, 4 seconds worldwide
• Impacts more than 5+m in US, 25m+ worldwide
• Devastating financial burden on families
• Depression higher for caregivers
• Issues are increasing rapidly as population ages

None of the donations go to Alan
or climbing expenses.

Donate to Alzheimers


My 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's: Memories are Everything project was featured
on My Generation, hosted by Leeza Gibbons in the Fall of 2012.
My keynote presentations expand on the themes I discusses in the film.




The 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's K2

I completed climbing 7 of the 8 "7 Summits" between November 2010 and October 2011. We raised $150,000 and reached 30 million people in the 11 month campaign. You can read more at this link.

Campaign Support

7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's
The Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy and Pfizer Inc. funded my climbs for the 7 Summits campaign and ongoing efforts between November 2010 and November 2012. All money I raised then and now from donations goes directly to the organizations I have selected. During the campaign, content posted here was my own but subject to certain limitations in conjunction with the support of the AIP.

Climbing Support

Since 1986, International Mountain Guides, based in Ashford, WA has organized and led climbing, trekking and mountaineering expeditions around the world.

International Mountain Guides


Climbing Supporters

These companies have generously provided gear for the 7 Summits climbs

Mountain Hardwear
Clothing, Packs and Sleeping Bags

Kayland
Footwear

Julbo
Eyewear

Honey Stinger
Nutrition


A portion of these sales go to Alzheimer's research. Please see their sites for details.

Body results

Mountaineering Sports Training and Conditioning


Alzheimer's Resources

The following websites have information for you, your family and caregivers to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and ongoing research:


Hope, Need and Urgency for Alzheimer’s

The spending on Alzheimer's research pales in comparison to that spent on cancer, heart disease and many other crippling diseases. Funding through the National Institutes of Health puts Alzheimer's far behind at only $443 million in 2011 as compared to $5.8 billion for cancer, $3 billion for AIDS and $4.3 billion for heart disease. Government spending on research is less then one penny for every dollar spent on care.

  • NO CURE, always Fatal
  • No easy and inexpensive method of early detection
  • 6th leading cause of death in the United States
  • Every 68 seconds another US person is newly diagnosed, 4 seconds worldwide
  • Impacts more than 5 million people in the United States and over 25 million worldwide
  • Burden on families and family caregivers are devastating both personally and financially
  • With aging population, these issues are increasing dramatically

Campaign Benefactors

100% of your donations will go directly to your choice of these three selected organizations. None of the donations go to Alan or climbing expenses.

The Cure Alzheimer's Fund mission is to fund research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing or reversing Alzheimer’s Disease through venture based philanthropy. All organizational expenses are paid for by the Founders and Board, allowing all other contributions to be applied directly to Alzheimer’s Disease research.
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well being.
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, and the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®.  Visit the Alzheimer's Association to learn more.

Fundraising

The goal is to raise $1 million dollars. Remember all donations go directly to Alzheimer's research and none to Alan or to support the climbs.

Here is how you can help today:

  • Make a flat rate donation per summit, $100 for example
  • Make a one time donation for all the climbs anytime.
  • Host Alan for a local fund raiser where he will present the entire year of climbs with an engaging multimedia presentation.

Make a Pledge for the Climbs:

An easy and fun way to donate to Alzheimer's research is by committing a small amount for every foot Alan climbed on the 7 Summits. If you donate one penny for Kilimanjaro as an example, you would contribute $131 that goes only to Alzheimer's research. It would only be $864 for all 8 climbs, probably less than you spend on coffee!!

Mountain Summit Start Gain $0.01
1 Vinson, Antarctica – 16,067’/4897m
Summited on December 9, 2010
Read about the climb success
16,067 7,000 9,067 $91
2 Aconcagua, Argentina – 22,902’/6980m
Summited on January 29, 2011
Read about the climbsuccess
22,902 8,464 14,377 $144
3 Everest, Nepal – 29,035’/8850m
Summited on May 21, 2011
Read about the climb success
29,035 9,400 19,635 $196
4 Denali, Alaska – 20,320’/6194m - July 201
Stopped at 17,200 High Camp by hurricane winds
Read about the climb High Point
20,320 7,200 13,120 $131
5

Elbrus, Russia – 18,481’/5633m
Summited on August 11, 2011
Read about the climbsuccess

18,513 8,200 10,313 $103
6

Kilimanjaro, Africa – 19,340’/5896m
Summited on September 19, 2011
Read about the climbsuccess

19,340 5,363 13,977 $140
7

Carstensz Pyramid, New Guinea – 16,023’/4884m
Summited on October 22, 2011
Read about the climb success

16,023 12,467 3,556 $36
8

Mt. Kosciuszko, Australia - 7,310’/2228m
Summited on October 27, 2011
Read about the climb.success

7,310 6,026 1,284 $13

You can read a brief overview of each mountain on my 7 Summits page.

Alan Arnette

Alan was born in Memphis, TN and now lives with his wife in Colorado. He took early retirement in 2007 after a 28 year career with Hewlett-Packard to oversee the care of his mom as she entered the final stages of Alzheimer's and his dad passed away about the same time. At HP, he served in various roles but mostly in General Management positions including a 5 year assignment in Europe. He started climbing late in life at age 38 with Mont Blanc as his first big peak but went on to gain skills and experience through climbing on some of the highest mountains in the world including on Everest, Cho Oyu, Broad Peak, Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Denali and more.

Ida’s Story

The Warning Signs

Ida and Alan

We started noticing my mother's memories had slipped years ago. During the 2003 Christmas holiday, we went to a hotel for their famous brunch. As usual, we all got up to visit the buffet and indulge until we could no more. I noticed my Mom walking around aimlessly. As I went over to her, she seemed startled at my approach. "What do you want to eat?" I asked her gently. "Oh, you know; the usual," was her noncommittal answer.

In spite of this warning sign, she and my dad continued their independent life for several more years, refusing to give up their independence in spite of our begging. As her memory grew worse, she mastered the technique of the elusive "throw-away" answer. My dad supported her deception either by design or by necessity.

Sitting across the table from her during breakfast, we chatted intently about Dad being in the hospital. I had to keep reminding her that he was not well and it was serious. In the midst of this serious talk, she looked at me with clarity in her eyes and simply asked, "Now, who are you again?"

In 2009 my mom continued to decline. She had trouble feeding herself and doing other daily activities. She no longer recognized or remembered anyone, and she had significant trouble forming words or creating sentences. Her mind continued to be devastated by this disease. Not only was her memory gone but almost all of her identity.

That said, I could still get her to laugh a little with a small joke and even over the phone, I could feel her smile. So she was always in there somewhere.

On August 16, 2009, she passed away.

AlanWhat Could I Do?

As a result seeing the impact of Alzheimer's on my mother, it became clear that I had to do something. So after taking early retirement, I have dedicated my life to raising money for Alzheimer's disease through my climbing.

My dream is that researchers can find a way to stop or a cure for this killer of lives and robber of precious lifetime memories.

What Can You Do?

Please make a donation today. All donations go to the Alzheimer's and none to my climbing so please act today. You can also help with fund raising today.


Campaign Supporters

The Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy and Pfizer Inc. funded my climbs for the 7 Summits campaign so that 100% of your donations will go directly to your choice of the selected organizations. Please visit the campaign website.

AIP

Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program

The Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy and Pfizer Inc. is an equal collaboration committed to researching and developing selective products for the treatment and/or prevention of neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program believes that it is possible to reduce the burden of disease through early intervention in the illness. It is dedicated to delivering comprehensive and integrated solutions that help address the needs of people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Its research focuses on the beta amyloid hypothesis. Scientific evidence supports the idea that preventing the accumulation and/or promoting the removal of beta-amyloid may have the potential to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and help preserve function in people with the disease. This theory is being tested in clinical trials.

Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy

Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy is researching, developing and commercializing selective products for the treatment and/or prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy is based in Dublin and has R&D facilities in South San Francisco.

Pfizer Inc

Pfizer applies science and global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. The company strives to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacturing of medicines for people and animals. That includes a diversified global health care portfolio of human and animal biologic and small molecule medicines and vaccines, as well as nutritional products and many of the world's best-known consumer products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with Pfizer’s responsibility as the world's leading biopharmaceutical company, the corporation also collaborates with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for those in need. To learn more about Pfizer’s commitments, please visit www.pfizer.com.


Expedition Support

I used professional guides for all the expeditions to ensure safety, success and give me time to focus on fund raising instead of logistics.

International Mountain Guides

International Mountain Guides directors Phil Ershler, George Dunn, Eric Simonson and Paul Baugher organize and lead climbing, trekking and mountaineering expeditions around the world, from the classic climbs of the Alps and Andes to the 8,000m peaks of the Himalayas. They are one of the most respected and active guiding companies in the world. Since 1986 they have conducted hundreds of expeditions to destinations around the globe. IMG was selected as one of the top 5 adventure tour operators by National Geographic Adventure Magazine in 2009. I climbed Cho Oyu with them and have known Eric Simonson for years. I had 100% summit success with IMG on Vinson, Aconcagua, Everest and Kilimanjaro.

Mountain Trip

Mountain Trip is a small company based in Ophir Colorado. They are one of only five authorized commercial guides for Denali from the National Park Service. Today they run international trips from Everest to Carstensz Pyramid to Vinson in Antarctica. I first climbed Denali in 2001 with Mountain Trip and used them for Denali and Carstensz Pyramid (summit).

I used AlpsIndustria out of Moscow for Elbrus and was on my own for Kosciuszko. I summited both.