Featured Friends of the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer's share their personal stories and support our mission to end Alzheimer's disease.
I am honored to be a member of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Initiative to End Alzheimer’s Board of Visitors. Many of us on the board, including myself, have personally lived with the devastating effects of a loved one’s journey through this illness.
Matt and Linda Lepay support the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer's and share their personal story.
Prior to his death, Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer donated a gift to the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s to establish an endowed lecture series continuing his commitment to dementia care. The Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer Lecture Series is an educational program devoted to shaping future generations of dementia care professionals working in dementia care, including memory care providers, neuropsychologists, nurses and social workers.
Born in Fort Atkinson in 1948, Nicola “Nicki” Kenseth worked as a secretary before meeting and marrying Roy Kenseth. The Kenseth name is well-known is Wisconsin, both because Nicki’s son, Matt, is a legendary NASCAR driver, and because of the family’s generous philanthropic efforts. Nicki succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease at age 63, and Matt and his sister, Kelley, have made it their mission to support Alzheimer’s disease research, hosting many fundraising events in their mother’s honor.
Dr. Nathaniel Chin chose to become a doctor because of his father, Moe Chin, who was a physician in his hometown of Watertown, Wisconsin. However, when his dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Chin changed his career focus to geriatrics and moved from California to Wisconsin to help his mother as a caregiver to his father. Although Dr. Chin’s father succumbed to the disease, he continues to honor his father’s memory through his work.
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