My grandma was a 100-pound wildass. She navigated a canoe down the Yukon river, was a winter caretaker of a hunting/fishing lodge in Denali, befriended otters while living in an Alaskan floathouse, and raised four kids with a mountain man. Alzheimer’s Disease made her even feistier, and Grandpa trudged six miles daily through rain and snow to show his love. My mom and I were by her side when she passed, and we float-planed our way across Alaska to spread her ashes in the places she loved.
Years later, her daughter Becky -- who eloped with a Montana ranch boy -- was diagnosed with the same heartbreaking disease. My uncle Frank and cousins continue to be incredible caregivers, supporting cutting edge research, and hand-building lifts to keep her mobile throughout the house.
I recently discovered through a DNA test that I carry one of the riskier genes for the disease. It motivates me to try to live life and love with the same passion and urgency as my Grandma & Aunt.
We want to raise $5,000 for Hilarity for Charity, founded by Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren, which gives grants for exceptional in–home care to give Alzheimer's families like my Grandpa, Uncle and cousins some well-deserved support and rest.
Oh yeah -- if we hit that goal, I'll have to run up a 1,400 mountain without walking as part of our annual 200-mile Ragnar relay race. Let's DO this thing!