JUST IN: It’s Their Time’s Leslie Crozier Presents A $100,000 Check For Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s Research In Fighting Alzheimer’s

Anyone who knows Leslie Crozier knows that she’s a human dynamo. Whether it’s entering a room filled with strangers or taking on a cause, she’s a supernova. And that’s exactly how she tackled her personal vendetta against Alzheimer’s. Within 116 days, she created a foundation — It’s Their Time — and held a sold-out event on Tuesday, May 23, at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek to raise awareness and fundraising.

Steve Crozier, Roger Rosenberg, Leslie Ann Crozier, Greg Fitz and Carol Hall*

It paid off. After all the checks had cleared the bank and the bills had been paid, she presented a check for $100,000 to UT Southwestern Medical School Dean Dr. Greg Fitz and world-renowned Dr. Roger Rosenberg to support Roger’s research in developing a DNA vaccine which “is on a shortlist of promising antibody treatments” that may prevent or cure Alzheimer’s.

* Photo provided by It's Their Time

Dr. Marilyn Albert Reported The Developments In The Treatment Of Alzheimer’s At The Jean And Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture

Alzheimer’s is a disease that impacts all ages. From the more susceptible older members of the community to the millennials, who see and care for family members in various stages of Alzheimer’s, it has been a multi-generational rallying point. For that reason it was no surprise to see all ages present for the 4th Annual Jean and Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Marilyn Albert discussing the issue. Among those present at the Center for Vital Longevity lecture at Communities Foundation of Texas were 2016 BvB President Rachel Anderson and her teammates. Here is a report from the field:

Rachel Anderson, Catelyn Fox and Holley Caldwell*

 

Determining who is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease well before symptoms appear is a major challenge faced by researchers and clinicians seeking to treat this form of dementia, said Dr. Marilyn Albert, Director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, who was speaking at the Center for Vital Longevity’s 4th annual Jean and Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture.

Currently, there is no effective way to halt the disease process in Alzheimer’s. And by the time symptoms of the disease appear, it’s too late. “We don’t currently have effective drugs that can either stop or slow down the disease’s progression,” she said during a public gathering at the Communities Foundation of Texas, which hosted the lecture on Thursday, April 27.

Dr. Albert emphasized what many in the field now strongly believe: for a treatment or prevention to be effective, early diagnosis is key. A challenge has been in accurately diagnosing the disease, and distinguishing it from other age-related brain diseases and conditions that can affect memory and behavior.

Thankfully, diagnostic tools for detecting Alzheimer’s have advanced a long way, she said, from the days of Dr. Alois Alzheimer, the German psychiatrist credited with identifying the first case in the early 1900s. With advances in imaging, such as PET scanning to identify potentially harmful plaque deposits, and improvements in cognitive and genetic testing, characteristic signs of disease can potentially be detected earlier.

Finding even more accurate or sensitive biological markers that determine risk perhaps decades before onset could have profound impacts on public health down the road, she said. In the meantime, adopting lifestyle changes that improve cardiovascular health (which is closely connected to brain health) might help, along with staying mentally and socially engaged.

Doug and Cassie Crosby*

Earlier in the evening, Dr. Albert met with members of the Director’s Research Circle, in a reception attended by UT Dallas Executive Vice President Hobson Wildenthal, and members of the CVL advisory council.

Guests included Rachel Anderson, Catelyn Fox and Holley Caldwell, with BvB (formerly Blondes vs. Brunettes), an organization raising funds for Alzheimer’s research and awareness, as well as CVL supporters Dr. Doug and Cassie Crosby, past AWARE president.

The next Jean and Bill Booziotis Lecture is slated for April 2018. For more information on how to join CVL’s Director’s Research Circle, please visit: http://vitallongevity.utdallas.edu/support/.

* Photo credit: John Michael Bruno

A Mother’s Quandary On How To Help Her Toddler Understand Alzheimer’s

A young mom of a beautiful little chap was both grateful and upset. Yes, she was indeed thankful that her picture-perfect son was sweet, loving and in very good health. He was surrounded by loving parents and big sisters. But the mom confessed that despite having what appeared to be the wished-for family, there was a problem — her mother (aka the toddler’s grandma).

While other parents worried about grandparents spoiling their children, she was nervous about her son’s visits with his grandmother for an entirely different reason.

It seems that despite the grandma’s being on the youthful side of the baby-boomer generation, she was suffering from Alzheimer’s. So much so that she was living in an area assisted-living home, as the disease took more and more of her memory.

The young woman’s anxiety was not based on her mother’s interaction with the child. Rather it was the other residents. What if the child’s presence caused another resident to be upset? Would it create a problem for both her child and the patient? How would she explain to the boy that it wasn’t his fault but something called Alzheimer’s?

That’s just an example of how Alzheimer’s is one of those diseases that affects all generations of the patient’s life.

As the flood of baby boomers marches in lock-step into the senior days, they will inundate the healthcare industry. One of those challenges will be Alzheimer’s and how to deal with it both firsthand and as a family member.

The young mother confessed, “I don’t know if it’s because people are living longer or it it’s because of the food we’ve been eating or what.” She just knew that the joyous relationship of her son and her mom would never be as she had dreamed.

Blondes take Dolly home (File photo)

Blondes take Dolly home (File photo)

This Saturday two teams of young women and their male coaches will complete under the brutal Texas sun at the Cotton Bowl for the 8th annual BvB Dallas.  The teams have been working out all summer in the sweltering temperatures not just to claim the win but to raise funds to beat the disease that has devastated their families.

If you aren’t headed to Colorado or Napa, drive on over to the Cotton Bowl. Kick off is 7:30 with an after-party with Empire Six following the handing over of the trophy. All they ask is a $25 donation.

 

An Evening Of “Thought-Provoking Cocktails And Conversations” Proved To Be Just That Thanks To Dr. Michael Rugg

It was billed as an evening of “Thought-provoking Cocktails and Conversations.” And that’s exactly what it was, when about 60 people gathered at Museum Tower on Monday, December 15, to hear a talk about Alzheimer’s Disease by Dr. Michael Rugg, director of The Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Barbara Daseke and Steve and Linda Ivy*

Barbara Daseke and Steve and Linda Ivy*

More specifically, Rugg’s talk was called “Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia: Current Research and Future Prospects.” Looking out at the assembled guests, who included the likes of Linda and Steve Ivy and Pat and Charles McEvoy, Rugg joked, “Laree asked me to talk on this. In fact, she gave me the title.”

Laree Hulshoff*

Laree Hulshoff*

Rugg was referring to Laree Hulshoff, who co-hosted the evening with Ben Fischer for the Aging Mind Foundation, in order to gin up interest in the foundation’s upcoming fundraiser, “Living With Bob: A Salute to Robert A. Wilson.” The Feb. 21 event at The Joule, which is being co-chaired by Hulshoff, Barbara Daseke and Barbara Buzzell, will honor ex-KERA executive Bob Wilson. Bob’s son, actor Owen Wilson, is scheduled to appear at the tribute benefiting the Center for Vital Longevity.

At the Museum Tower gathering, Rugg—a leading researcher in cognitive neuroscience and human memory—offered a brief history of Alzheimer’s. He pointed out that although Alzheimer’s wasn’t “discovered” until 1906 by Bavarian psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer, people have always suffered from the disease, which involves the loss of the brain’s mental capacity with advancing age.

Michaele Rugg*

Michael Rugg*

It’s a more pressing issue these days, Rugg said, because “we are an aging society.” Today 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, he said, and 9.4 million are expected to suffer from the disease by 2035.

Interestingly, just 5 percent of Alzheimer’s patients are “destined” to get it, Rugg said, while risk factors including obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure figure in 95 percent of the cases. Although nothing can be done currently to slow Alzheimer’s, he went on, researchers are working to change that by focusing on lifestyle patterns and conducting drug trials.

What about 10 years from now? By then, Rugg said, closing on a hopeful note, researchers should be able to determine who is most at risk for Alzheimer’s. And drug treatments should be able by then to slow, if not halt, the disease’s advance.

* Photo credit: Steve Foxall

Baylor Health Care System Foundation Leadership Turns Out To Learn About Alzheimer’s And The Memory Center

While some were having holiday lunches and others were shopping for perfect gifts, the members of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation board gathered at the Baylor Charles S. Sammons Cancer Center on Tuesday, December 9, for a recap of the past, a look at the future and to learn about a disease that is growing in numbers.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Alan Engstrom

Alan Engstrom

Sarah Losinger

Sarah Losinger

Lisa Shardon

Lisa Shardon

Marti Carlin

Marti Carlin

Joe Staley

Joe Staley

The tables in the room were so filled with folks like Alan Engstrom, Marti Carlin, Jill Smith, Annette Simmons, Barry Andrews, Lisa Sharon, Laree Hulshoff, Karen Key, Pierce Allman, Dee Simmons, Leonard Riggs Jr., Trisha Wilson, Nancy Dedman, Sara Losinger, Joe Staley, Alicia Landry, Lue Taff, Norm Lofgren, Richard Bernstein, Terry Conner and Richard Eiseman, that some folks had to be seated in single chairs at the back of the room. According to Board Chair Margo Goodwin, the attendance was 30% more than years past and she suspected it was due to the topic — Baylor’s Memory Center’s involvement with Alzheimer’s.

Margo Goodwin

Margo Goodwin

But before the discussion took place, Margo reported on some of the past fundraising events for the Foundation including the walloping $2.4M raised at the recent Celebrating Women co-chaired by Lisa Longino and Daffan Nettle. Margo announced that Nancy Carter would be chairing the 2015 luncheon and she was probably already “dreaming and scheming for next year’s lunch.”

She also pointed out that Lue Taff of The Senior Source was at the luncheon, due to Baylor’s relationship with The Senior Source and the day’s topic.

Richard Eiseman and Robin Robinson

Richard Eiseman and Robin Robinson

Following the invocation by Glenn Callison, Foundation President Robin Robinson welcomed the guests and revealed that Baylor Health Care System and Baylor Scott & White Health CEO Joel Allison had been selected as CEO of the Years by his peers.

He then introduced a new event that would be taking place on Wednesday, March 4 — “Cancer Blows.” To explain the background of the event, Robin invited to the podium Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principle Trumpet player Ryan Anthony, who told of his life-threatening experience with multiple myeloma and working with Baylor in his treatments.

D'Andra Simmons Lock

D’Andra Simmons Lock

In concluding his remarks, Ryan asked Event Co-Chair D’Andra Simmons to join him at the podium. She told the guests that when she was first approached about chairing with her husband Jeremy the Baylor Health Care System Foundation and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation fundraiser, she said she was just so busy. But upon meeting Ryan and his wife Niki and learning of their experience, they signed up with a vengeance.

Looking throughout the room, D’Andra made no bones about the fact that she would be placing calls to the people present to support “Cancer Blows” — “You know I’m persistent, so please don’t hang up on my call.” It’s very personal with D’Andra for the additional fact that she is the only one in her family who has not had cancer.

Ryan Anthony

Ryan Anthony

As a perk, Ryan entertained the guests with a mini-concert. His fingers moved so quickly and effortlessly on the valves making the trumpet almost seem to become an exquisite singing voice. For one tune, Ryan picked up a coffee cup and used it as a mute. Accompanying Ryan was his longtime collaborator, pianist Gary Beard, who never faltered even when Ryan had to replace a valve. Now, that’s teamwork.

After the selection, Robin introduced the subject of the day — Alzheimer’s and Baylor’s Memory Center.

First he told a brief history of the donor-driven Memory Center. Thanks to a conversation with AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, whose stepfather suffered from the disease, seed money was provided to establish the center that’s located at Park Lane and Central Expressway. The purpose of the center was to “help patients by evaluating their memory and determining if they have a memory disorder” and to assist them and their families throughout the developments.

The Center is currently handling 2,000 families a year with the need growing as people are living longer and longer.

Robin then introduced Dr. Claudia Padilla, who is completing her work in California and will soon take on the position of Medical Director of Research.

Claudia admitted that there is presently no cure for Alzheimer’s and efforts are focused on slowing its progress. She added that detecting it earlier helps in the chance of curbing it.

With the help of slides, she provided a brief explanation of what the scientific community knew about Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.

Joining Claudia and Robin for a brief panel discussion were the Center’s neuropsychologist Dr. Eric Smernoff and medical director Dr. Cindy Marshall.

Eric explained the steps that a patient went through in his/her diagnosis including:

  1. A 1-2 hour interview is held gathering background information on the patient
  2. A 2-3 hour testing of thinking ability, problem solving, language, etc. is held. In some cases of more difficult cases, the testing may last 6-7 hours.
  3. A hypothesis is created on the patient’s situation
  4. An hour meeting is held with the patient and his/her family.
  5. The findings are provided for the patient and referring physician
  6. Recommendations can be provided on how to proceed.
  7. A representative of the Alzheimer’s Association is made available for additional assistance.

If treatment is needed, the patient can seek help from Cindy and Claudia in dealing with symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s that might require drug therapy and/or holistic practices.

Taking questions from the audience, they answered that

  • Referrals to the Center can be self-referrals or from primary-care physicians, etc.
  • Being brain (i.e. doing crossword puzzles, staying socially active, etc.) and heart (i.e., working out) healthy are recommended.
  • Creating a baseline study at an early age would be extremely healthy for everyone for use when any possible signs may develop.
  • Medicare allows for self-referrals.
  • The current wait time for an appointment for a test is about two months. According to Eric, they are seeing three times the number of patients “as we did when we opened. But the wait time hasn’t decreased” despite the addition of two more physicians because of the growing demands.
  • The funding for cancer and HIV research and treatments still outweigh present funding for Alzheimer’s.
  • Parkinson’s patients tent to develop a form of dementia.
  • The neuropsychological testing can help determine what type of dementia may be developing.

But it wasn’t all serious talk with these Baylor fundraisers. From the back of the room, one guest told the group that a woman friend recently told how her husband said that if she ever developed Alzheimer’s, nobody would notice.

Laughter filled the room, but it was tempered with the fact that the disease is no laughing matter and Baylor’s plans call for it to become the leading force in treating it. So, it may take a couple of months to get your loved one or yourself tested, but it won’t take but a couple of minutes to help fund the effort.

BvB Dallas Salutes The Care-Giving Daughter

The BvB Dallas amaze others with their dedication, attitude and sweating. Since 2008, they have worked out during summer’s microwave months and held their powder puff football game in August’s sweltering conditions.

The inspiration for these 20- and 30-something gals and guys to break nails, scrape shins and skip summer vacations is the war against Alzheimer’s. It’s a disease that most people associate with seniors, like grandparents. However, that isn’t always the case.

Erin Finegold and Catelyn Cappleman*

Erin Finegold and Catelyn Cappleman*

This year on the eve of their game, they held their pre-game dinner at which BvB’ Founder Erin Finegold presented 29-year-old Catelyn Cappleman with the BvB Dallas Caregiver Award. Erin’s words sum up the reason Catelyn was selected:

“In 2008 when we started BvB Dallas, we were 23, carefree and came together for a cause that affects so many of us. We were playing for our grandparents. At the time, Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy was the only 20-something I knew who had a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. And I could not fully realize the enormity of having a parent living with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Fast forward to 2009—we formed our own 501c3, legitimized the game at SMU, recruited more than double the participants and raised more than double the cash. We started dreaming big dreams about where our money was going to be spent. Research was always at the forefront of our minds.

“2010 is where I made a huge mistake. I got scared. I capped the participants a week into registration. We had over 200 people signed-up and I was terrified of the number of type-A women joining the organization.

“On April 12, 2010, I received maybe 20 emails from anxious rookies begging me to let them play. What I didn’t know then, but what I know now, is that rookies are the lifeblood of our organization. Our vets are our foundation, our rock. But rookies, like Shane Hannabury (our MVP) proves tonight, are what keep the engine going—give us inspiration, new ideas, bigger goals.

“The day I read this email, I realized that BvB is not only for the grandparents, but for the parents. And that every rookie should get a chance to play.

“’Hi Erin–My name is Catelyn and I’m interested in the BVB fundraiser. I attended last year and was hoping to join the team this year, but I saw via Facebook everything has filled up. My mom has Alzheimer’s and I’m her caregiver, so this cause certainly hits close to home. Can you let me know if any spots open up, and if there is anything that I can do to help out? I’d really appreciate it.

“’Thanks so much for helping organize this event. It was an absolute success last year! I had a blast and was shocked at how much money was raised!!’

“Now that was a horse of a different color.

Erin Finegold and Catelyn Cappleman*

Erin Finegold and Catelyn Cappleman*

“If you have met Catelyn, then you know what an amazing human being she is. She realized something was wrong when her mother got lost on the way to her college graduation. Started taking care of her at 21, had custody battles with family members, consulted with Alzheimer’s caregivers on a course of action and ultimately, decided to move her into a memory care facility. If that’s not hard enough, she had to move her into a second facility when the first one shut down.

“All the while, going to work (kicking ass, by the way), having a social life, getting engaged. And somehow, on top of all of that, she’s made time over the last five years to not only share her story with the BvB community, but fundraise so that the next generation doesn’t feel the burden.

“Catelyn, you are the catalyst for the next generation of BvBers. And you are the reason we play this game.

“And what better way to recognize such a selfless caregiver than to keep our fundraising efforts within the organization.

“So, on behalf of the BvB Dallas Board of Directors, it is my great honor to support you by donating $10,000 to your mother’s care. We are so proud to have you as a member of BvB Dallas and know that your story will continue to inspire BvB participants and beyond for years to come.”

A recap of this year’s BvB Dallas showdown will follow.

* Photos provided by BvB Dallas

Youthful Blondes vs. Brunettes Sweat Through The Summer In Memory Of Not-So-Youthful Types

Like all diseases, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia don’t play fair. But on holidays, it really can hit home when a surviving parent is there physically but the mind has already gone on the long journey in the fog.

Ran into a much respected gentleman last week and he admitted that he was glad that his father was comfortable and constantly surrounded by family members and an outstanding group of caregivers. But he added that his father doesn’t recognize him.

And then there are the families who are making the painfully slow transition of an elder going through the stages of memory loss and its ever-changing world. Good days. Bad days.

Just as children dread seeing their parents enter the various stages of this disease, so grandchildren are also victims. Grandparents are a blessing. They shower their grandchildren with joys with management being handled by their parents. Imagine having a grandparent, who doesn’t recognize you.

That is why the Blondes vs. Brunettes should be more than applauded. They should be gangbuster supported. These 20- and 30-somethings, who should have been booking trips to the beaches and mountain, spend the summer doing weekly sweat-outs literally working out for the powder puff football game that will take place in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, August 16.

Blondes vs. Brunettes at the Cotton Bowl (File photo)

Blondes vs. Brunettes at the Cotton Bowl (File photo)

Ah, but in addition to the grueling workouts, each player and coach is responsible for raising funds for the cause.

It’s gonna be a long summer, but the blondes and brunettes will definitely make it pay off.

Ice Bowl Vets Bart Starr, Bob Lilly And Donny Anderson Recall The Legendary 1967 Game For A.W.A.R.E.’s “Silver And Ice” Gala

The evening of Thursday, April 17, traffic was jamming Dallas streets and highways like a heavy-weight prize fighter. One guest at the A.W.A.R.E. Dallas dinner in the Anatole’s Coronado Room wondered, “Where did all these cars come from?”

It was indeed a busy day. Scott Murray had emceed the DCAC luncheon and now he was to chat with legendary NFL quarterback/former Green Bay Packer quarterback Bart Starr about the infamous 1967 Ice Bowl at the “Silver and Ice” fundraiser for Alzheimer’s at the Anatole.

Cassie Crosby, Bart Starr and Lisa Shardon

Cassie Crosby, Bart Starr and Lisa Shardon

Event Chair Lisa Shardon and A.W.A.R.E. President Cassie Crosby had considered it to be the perfect tie-in with A.W.A.R.E.’s 25th anniversary. To add to the conversation, they had even arranged for two other vets to be on stage with Bart and Scott — former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Bob Lilly and former Green Bay Packer running back Donny Anderson.

Alicia Landry

Alicia Landry

Ben  Fisher, Laree Hulshoff, Barbara and Don Daske

Ben Fisher, Laree Hulshoff, Barbara and Don Daske

But that discussion would have to hold until after the cocktail hour in the West Wing Foyer, where guests checked out the items in the silent auction. Just a door away in the Cortez Room, the VIP reception was taking place. Dallas Cowboys sweetheart Alicia Landry was high-top-table-talking with Carole Murray and Ann Lilly. Laree Hulshoff told Barbara and Don Daseke about an unexpected associate who had popped in at her Museum Tower residence and surprised her in a state of disrepair. Think Diane Keaton in As Good As It Gets.

Eventually the 300 guests found their way to the Coronado Room, which was decked out in shimmering silver and ice centerpieces. After a dinner including first course — heirloom tomato, basil and fresh burrata drizzled with balsamic with prosciutto crostini; entrée — grilled filet of beef with Cabernet demi, sweet potato and Vidalia onion soufflé, fresh corn sauté with squash, tomatoes and okra; and dessert — molten chocolate cake, the evening commenced according to this field report:

“Lisa thanked Ashley Tatum, who had chaired the iced-out Artists Against Alzheimer’s in February, and the entire committee. Cassie thanked Lisa for all she has done and the founders for their heart and passion for the group, asking them to stand: Evelyn Ponder, Cyndy Hudgins, Billie Leigh Rippey, Anita Sampels and Nancy Nelson. Not able to be there was Ruth Altshuler, one of the founders.

“Scott recalled that in 1959 the late Vince Lombardi was the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants and the late Tom Landry was the defensive coordinator. They offered Tom the head coaching job, but Alicia, being from Dallas, convinced Tom to go back home to Dallas. In 1960, the Dallas Cowboys were formed and Tom Landry was their head coach.

Cherry Starr

Cherry Starr

“At that point Scott asked Alicia to stand, along with Bart’s wife Cherry and Bob’s wife Ann.

“That same year Vince started as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

“Taking their place on stage, Bob, Bart and Donny recalled that infamous game at Lambeau Field on December 31, 1967.

“Both Bob and Donny showed their appreciation for A.W.A.R.E.’s bringing about awareness of Alzheimer’s and for their role in educating the public about Alzheimer’s.

“Donny Anderson said, “God bless A.W.A.R.E.”

“Bart talked about Coach Lombardi being a tough, driven coach, but he was thankful for the many lessons he learned from Coach. From his background at West Point, the players knew that this was one man who was going to show you how to play. ‘I loved him in the classroom. He taught you like a teacher would.’

“He went on to tell how Coach Lombardi and his wife would go to dinner with Coach Landry and his wife the night before a game in the same city.

Bob Lilly

Bob Lilly

“Lilly said Landry did what he could to prepare for play against the Packers. Directing his comments to the two Green Bay alumni, he said, ’Even though you hurt us, you were the cleanest team we played. It was very difficult to rush Bart. He was so well trained. Never made a mistake. I learned as much playing the game – as they were doing us right.”

“Bart said, ‘We were exceptionally strong and had much respect for the Dallas Cowboys.’

“Danny recalled the conditions on the field being 20 degrees below zero and his face was frozen. When Don Meredith came out, ‘I knew we were in trouble,’ and shared his stories about some key plays with Starr during the game.

Bart Starr

Bart Starr

“Bart agreed, saying, said it was so slippery, it was a huge challenge to stand. He went over to Coach Lombardi, suggested a final play and Coach said, “Run it and let’s get the hell out of here!” That was that. Bart made the play, putting the Packers ahead. A few more plays later, the game was over.

“Scott thanked everyone for their great stories and praised Starr for the Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award which is given annually to an NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.

“Evelyn then thanked everyone for their support on behalf of the founding members’ and their gift of love and hard work, and the caregivers – so many of us have shared that fact. She said A.W.A.R.E. has raised over $12 million and tonight we stand at the starting line to find a cure and finally end Alzheimer’s.

“There was a ‘live auction’ call for donations by Mike Sadler from sponsor Heritage Auctions, raising more than $10,000.”

A.W.A.R.E. Pits Two Legendary Ice Bowl Quarterbacks On The Same Side In The Battle Against Alzheimer’s

This weekend’s Super Bowl is bringing back memories of times when Dallas was facing off for the NFL championship when ice was not nice.

A time long before Peyton Manning was even a hopeful in his parents’ future, there was the legendary NFL playoff that became part of history – the Ice Bowl.

Despite not being a Super Bowl, it was considered historic as people across the nation watched the Dallas Cowboys face the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay in conditions that were truly brutal. The temperature was -15 degrees with an average wind child of about -48 degrees.

Held in 1967 in Green Bay, the equipment was primitive compared to today’s standards. To keep hands warm, large metal barrels simmered with fire on the sidelines with players huddling.

The coaches were Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi.

When the tarp was pulled back, the field was a showcase of flash freeze. It had coated the field with ice.

And just how bad was it? The halftime band couldn’t perform because the brass instruments stuck to the players’ lips and the woodwind instruments froze. Even the refs couldn’t blow their metal whistles without having their lips result in bloody lips that immediately froze.

The quarterbacks were the late Don Meredith and the take-no-prisoners Bart Starr.

Laree Hulshoff (File photo)

Laree Hulshoff (File photo)

Now, 47 years later the two legendary quarterbacks are on the field of competition once again. Only this time, they’re on the same team. Meredith, who succumbed to the disease of Alzheimer’s, is serving as the inspiration, and his old nemesis Starr is leading the charge against the disease.

On Thursday, April 17, Starr will take up the call as he headlines the 25th anniversary celebration of the AWARE dinner at the Anatole.

Luncheon Chair Lisa Shardon and AWARE President Roop Crosby has announced that the luncheon will honor the AWARE founders.

To kick off the 25th anniversary, the Artists Against Alzheimer’s Chair Ashley Tatum and Honorary Chair Laree Hulshoff have arranged for the silent/live action to take place on Thursday, February 6, at Museum Tower. The event will be limited to 150 people with tickets starting at $150. If you haven’t seen Museum Tower, this is a marvelous opportunity to check out it out.