KidsWhoGive by Max Wallack

I met Max Wallack maybe five years ago through the Alzheimer’s Reading Room internet community, founded by Bob DeMarco to educate himself and countless others around the world about caregiving and topics related to Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Bob was his mother Dotty’s primary caregiver during the last nine years of her life.  Max was his great-grandmother’s caregiver.  Great Grams had Alzheimer’s Disease.  Max and his Great Grams shared a very special connection.  When he was seven years old, he invented a device to help her stay mobile.  Max won an award for his invention. 

Max didn’t stop there.  He continued to care for his Great Grams.  His interest in Alzheimer’s Disease didn’t end with her death.   He made a commitment to do all he can do to put an stop to this heartbreaking and heart-opening disease.  At age 16, he is a sophomore at Boston University, taking undergraduate and graduate level courses designed to help him help many others.

Max is that rare combination of brain smart and heart smart.  He is the creator of the Puzzles To Remember program.  He oversees an international effort to collect and distribute Alzheimer’s friendly jigsaw puzzles.  The act of working jigsaw puzzles has been shown to stimulate brain function in many Alzheimer’s patients.  Max personally donated two of his specially produced Springbok puzzles to my mother’s memory care unit in honor of her life’s journey.  With all he has to do, he found time to remember my mother during the week after her death two years ago. 

I am proud to call Max Wallack my friend.  I will always do what I can do to support him on his life’s journey.  Remember his name.  You’ll be hearing a lot more about him in years to come.  After reading the following blog, I hope you will join me in backing him and his work:

I am a 16 year old sophomore at Boston University  who is dedicating his life to help Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.  In 2008, I founded PuzzlesToRemember, which, by now, has distributed over 19,300 puzzles to Alzheimer’s facilities around the world.  I also volunteer 20 hours a week in an Alzheimer’s research lab.

I recently learned that I am the recipient of a $1000 grant from KidsWhoGive, which is a philanthropic program run by Farm Rich Products.  I will be donating these funds to the Molecular Psychiatry and Aging Lab at BUSM.

Donating consumer goods like puzzles is helpful, but the knowledge created from research can have a much wider and longer lasting impact on society. There are 5.8 million Alzheimer’s patients in this country alone, with a new patient being diagnosed every 58 seconds.

I recently learned that KidsWhoGive is having a “run off” competition between the nine students they have chosen throughout 2012.  These students are being voted on by the general public.  The winner will receive $10,000 for their “cause” I would really like the opportunity to provide $10,000 for research at Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Please vote here every day until Feb 5 and help me bring this money to research.

This is a wonderful opportunity for people to donate for Alzheimer’s research without it costing them anything.  Please share this information with your colleagues, post on your Facebook page,  and publicize anywhere else in order to get as many votes as possible.  It could make all the difference!

Thanks.  I appreciate all the help you can give.

Max Wallack