Our Heroes

Cure Alzheimer's Fund has raised over $50 million for Alzheimer's disease research — and we couldn't have done it without the support of amazing individuals like the ones featured here. Our Heroes are fundraising for us all over the globe by organizing everything from races to tournaments to concerts to benefit Cure Alzheimer's Fund.

Shannon Roland

I found my love for backpacking in college and have been hiking all over the United States and New Zealand for the past few years. After completing the Pacific Crest trail in 2014, I became engrossed in the culture and lifestyle of thru hiking. I ventured on to hike the Appalachian Trail and the Te Araroa Trail the following year. Now as I gear up to hike the Continental Divide trail, I wanted to make all of this walking more meaningful, to not only me, but to those around me.

Michael Kintzer

Hi!  I have decided to raise money to help fight Alzheimer’s disease.  Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that causes problems with memory, reasoning, behavior and motor skills.  The disease is ultimately fatal.  In May 2015, my Poppy Howie died from this disease and for the past 2 years my Grandpa Jerry has been struggling daily with memory loss and every day activities.  So for me, Alzheimer’s disease has had a big impact on my life.

Macia Falgas

After years of cycle touring, I have come across several cyclists (on the road and on the net) who decided to ride for a cause. They have all said that raising money for a charity is a way to give your trip a meaning, a purpose, something that will help others. 

Kendra Blankenship

Just imagine you have just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, a debilitating disease with no cure in sight. As a crescendo of emotions, such as fear and depression, run through your head like a racecar flying at 200 MPH, you begin to worry about the future, as you know you will lose more than just your memories. Your behavior will change; you may act in ways you never dreamed of doing. You may become paranoid of people around you, strangers, caretakers, and even the ones you love.  Eventually it will become very difficult to walk, eat, and speak.

Janet Hilts and Susan Hilts Brown

We’re Janet Hilts and Susan Hilts Brown, twin sisters. Our dear friend Alexander has been our close buddy since we were in diapers and now has early onset Alzheimer's. As we help care for him, we’re training in our hills and raising money for the cure at the same time. We’re no athletes, but we walked a marathon to celebrate our 60th birthday. Now, three years later, we’re preparing for another marathon in honor of our beloved friend and all who suffer from this disease.

MJ and Garrett Stone

We would like to include a donation option in lieu of wedding gifts and are excited to help support a fund that helps progress towards a cure for Alzheimer’s.  

We have both seen the debilitating affects the disease takes on our own family members and therefor, have chosen to support the Cure Alzheimer's Fund.  

The Gang Family

Alzheimer's disease has unfortunately touched our family as it has for far too many families. Michael's father, Stanley, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and it is slowly taking away many of Stanley's fond memories of his grandchildren, daughter-in-law and sons who all adore him. It is so sad to see a man who is so brilliant, accomplished and loving, impaired with this disease.

Thrift Store Talent

Folk rock artist Jeremy LaBove – known as Thrift Store Talent - is creating his fifth studio album with a cause in mind: Alzheimer’s disease. LaBove has launched a Pledge Music campaign to raise funds for the album’s creation and for Alzheimer’s research. The songs on the album will reflect his supporters’ experiences with dementia in their own lives, and rewards are available for donations at various levels. Visit the Pledge Music page to learn more and support the project.

Carolyn Mastrangelo and Barbara Geiger

Carolyn Mastrangelo and Barbara Geiger have held the Running 4 Answers Race in Roseland, NJ for the past six years. The event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Alzheimer's research.

Max Needham

Max Needham is biking across America for Alzheimer's disease.

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