Project 8000 for Alzheimer's
The fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s needs our unified support,
caregivers need more help than ever. I am driven by the intersection
of purpose and passion thus with great excitement I want to share
the details of Project 8000 for Alzheimer’s where over the next
5 years I will attempt the 11 remaining mountains above 8000 meters
that I haven’t summited.
I saw first hand what Alzheimer’s does to individuals and families when I lost my mom, Ida, and two aunts (my mom’s sisters) to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in 2009. The more I learned about AD, the more helpless I felt. Now seven years later, 2016, there is still no reliable means of diagnoses, no way of stopping it once a person has it and Alzheimer’s is 100% fatal – this is totally unacceptable in 2016.
That experience moved me to redefine my life’s purpose to become an Alzheimer’s Advocate using my passion of mountain climbing as the method to reach people.
My Memories are Everything ™ climbs have reached 50 million people with a message of hope, need and urgency around AD. Through your generosity, we have raised over $275,000 that went 100% to Alzheimer’s non-profits, including the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund who uses the funds exclusively for research. Other non profits that have benefited included the Alzheimer’s Association, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and the Caregivers Action Network.
Thanks to these organizations and others, progress has been made in understanding Alzheimer’s yet due to lack of money, not ideas, a cure remains elusive. Meanwhile every 4 seconds, another family in the world begins the same fatal journey my family did with my mom.
Climbing and Alzheimer's
It is with this urgency, I remain committed to making a difference. While climbing is an unusual method to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, I have been able to reach an audience not usually touched by many Alzheimer’s non-profits. These include youth and young adults who are usually forgotten as caregivers. My partners have asked me to continue my efforts as it compliments their own.
I have 2 million followers of this website (alanarnette.com) and
over 20,000 followers on Social Media. Using the attention from
my climbing, I respectfully educate my followers on Alzheimer's
and raise funds for research. No funds ever go to me personally.
Project 8000 for Alzheimer’s
There are 14 mountains above 8000 meters or 26,246
feet. As of early 2016, only 34 people have summited all 14, including
only one American, Ed Viesturs (note: Ed did them all without supplemental
oxygen and on private climbs, nothing like me at age 60). I will
attempt to summit them from today to 2020.
With my summits of Everest, K2 and Manaslu and good efforts on Shishapangma, Broad Peak and Cho Oyu, I feel well prepared to attempt these 11 mountains and optimistic we can reach the $5M goal for Alzheimer’s research.
My objectives for each climb include: safety,
cause results, and climb success. To minimize costs, I will try to organize the climbs leveraging logistics from local organizations. Each climb will be conducted in small,
safe teams utilizing proven Sherpa support, hopefully including Kami
Sherpa whom I summited both Everest and K2 with in 2011
As the 18th and oldest American to summit K2, I attracted world-wide attention, reached
5 million people and raised $70K in just 6 weeks. The Cure Alzheimer’s Fund said this was one of “most successful campaign ever” of its type. This combined with my 7 Summits campaign in 2011 that reached 30 million people, validated my model of using climbing to raise awareness and critically needed funds.
I am seeking sponsors for Project 8000. The expenses
are modest when spread over five years, but the public relations
need is large. As a business investment, the project has a positive
ROI for any sponsor.
Ideally, one company will see the opportunity and support the entire project but individual climbs are still available to reduce the size of the investment. With the proper PR backing, I believe we can conservatively reach
100 million people. Using my website and social media, I can document a strong connection with my followers resulting in over 2.5
million annual interactions.
I want to thank Abila, Altitude Junkies, Banner Health, Cure Alzheimer's
Fund, Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy, Madison Mountaineering
and UsAgainstAlzheimer's for their support on previous campaigns.
contact me for overall budgets and marketing opportunities.
For now, the project is on hold pending
sponsors. If you are interested in joining me or supporting the
project, please contact me today.
My first climb
was in April/May 2015 of Lhotse, the world’s 4th highest but it
was cut short with no summit after tragic earthquake in Nepal so
I will have to return another time.
I believe I can be used as living proof that if we live an active life, fully engaged, we can do amazing activities as we age. Please remember I am living with the fact that my mom and two aunts have died from Alzheimer’s and I may very well have the gene.
I hope you are as excited about Project 8000 as I am. I strongly believe we will raise awareness for Alzheimer’s but more importantly fund the search for a cure.
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