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.
- Join the raffle!!
Make a Pledge:
An easy and fun way to donate to Alzheimer's research is by committing
a small amount for every foot Alan climbed on K2. that goes
only to Alzheimer's.
You can read a brief overview of K2
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
The Warning Signs
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.
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 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.
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I used professional logistics for most of my expeditions to ensure
safety, success and give me time to focus on fund raising instead
of logistics. K2 is supported and lead by Garrett Madison of Madison
Mountaineering, a boutique mountain guide service based in