Site Update Notifications and Expedition Dispatches

This is home for site notifications and dispatches from Alan's expeditions plus updates on Memories are Everything Alzheimer's fund raising activities. Alzheimer's is a devastating disease and the true cause of the disease is unknown. Researchers are making great progress but more is needed. And there is hope.

I have partnered with the Alzheimer's Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

100% of your donations go directly to Alzheimer's issues. None go to Alan's climbing expenses. I encourage you to read more about this excellent organization and make your tax deductible donation today.

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August 25, 2009

Update on my Mom

Ida Arnette passed away from Alzheimer's disease on August 16, 2009. She struggled for over 8 years and was under hospice care at the end. We celebrated her life with friends and family this past weekend.

While it was expected, it is both a time of deep sadness for us and relief for her. She had lost her identity and independence towards the end.

Over 5 million people have it today and it can hit anyone at any age - it is not just a disease of the elderly. There is no cure for Alzheimer's and every 70 seconds a new case is diagnosed.

Please join me in raising money to have a world without Alzheimer's through joining Memories are Everything: The 7 Summits for Alzheimer's where we will raise $1M or please make a donation today.

August 12, 2009

Memories are Everything: The 7 Summits to start with Aconcagua in 2010

I am pleased to announce new partners for Memories are Everything: The 7 Summits where we are raising $1M for Alzheimer's care support and research in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association.

International Mountain Guides (IMG) will lead the climbs and Outside Online will report on the climbs thus increasing the awareness and opportunity for fund raising.

The first climb will be on the highest mountain in South America, Aconcagua at 22,841 feet or 6962 meters from January 31 to February 21, 2010. Please continue reading for the details or visit this link for complete details.

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July 24, 2009

Update on Memories are Everything: The 7 Summits for Alzheimer's

As summer moves on, I wanted to provide a brief update about Memories are Everything: The 7 Summits for Alzheimer's. After working for almost a year to launch the journey, we are getting there but still have some significant milestones remaining. First the progress.

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April 4, 2009

A Spring Update: Everest, Alzheimer's, The Big Project

As spring touches many parts of the northern hemisphere it is still winter here in Colorado albeit with 70 degree highs this week! But one thing is constant around the globe: Everest climbers are already in Kathmandu for the 2009 spring season. As has become my tradition, I am covering all the action on my site. I also want to update you on my Big Project I mentioned in the previous update.

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December 27, 2008

A Look Back at 2008 and Ahead

Happy New Year!

With the holidays upon us, I wanted to send out a greeting along with an Alzheimer's update and a look back at an exciting year in climbing.

Alzheimer's Disease - Progress but More Needed

2008 was the culmination for my Memories are Everything: The Road Back to Mount Everest project. This year long journey included 5 climbs ending with another attempt on Everest - all to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's research. While I didn't summit Everest, we did raise over $25,000 for the Cure Alzheimer's Fund (CAF) - and that I am more proud of than an Everest summit.

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