Nothing is impossible.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the cruelest and costliest crises of the 21st century. It impacts all aspects of a person’s life: employment, family, personality, memory and the ability to function. As the nation’s sixth leading cause of death and the only disease in the top ten with no prevention or cure, the number of families affected is increasing exponentially.
For the Harvard's, Alzheimer’s struck when Andy was terminated as Director of Dartmouth’s Outdoor Programs for reasons later determined to be effects of the disease. Younger-Onset strikes in the middle of family and professional life. The Americans with Disabilities Act does not protect persons with this often-unrecognized disease unless diagnosed before they’re fired.
"Our individual success depended not on our making it, but on someone making it. If anyone makes the summit, we've all made the summit."
- Andy Harvard about the East Face of Everest
Alzheimer's Association 2018 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures
Alzheimer’s hits us all, directly or indirectly. But fighting the disease is like climbing Everest. At first, people say, “It’s impossible.” Until it isn’t. With teamwork, determination, and leadership, nothing is impossible.