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    John O'Rourke

    John O’Rourke began his career as a reporter at The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. He has worked as a producer at World Monitor, a coproduction of the Christian Science Monitor and the Discovery Channel, and NBC News, where he was a producer for several shows, including Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie CouricNBC Nightly News, and The Today Show. John has won many awards, including four Emmys, a George Foster Peabody Award, and five Edward R. Murrow Awards. Profile

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There are 21 comments on A 16-Year-Old Takes On a Disease of the Elderly

  1. Fabulous article Max. As I always say, “you da man!”. Keep on bringing hope for the future to dementia patients and their caregivers. You bring hope to me for the future, already/

  2. You thoroughly deserve this in-depth and laudatory piece, Max! Hundreds of thousands of folks in need — especially their caregivers — depend upon just this kind of hope.

    It’s so wonderful knowing I am far from one of dozens who are so proud of you. An innumerable number by now, thank heaven! Keep up the excellence as I know you will! CG

  3. Great work, Max. However, to call this a “disease of the elderly” is misleading. Historically, yes, however recent studies show that this is NOT just a disease that affects the eldest population – early onset is sadly becoming much more common.

    Thank you.

  4. Amazing young man doing incredibly wonderful advanced work for dementia patients. Thank you for your dedication & passion to this insidious disease!

  5. Max you are doing such great and needed work. thank you so much for all you do and the example you are setting for others to harness their passion and make a difference. I have reblogged this story for my followers to read.
    Lori La Bey, Alzheimer’s Speaks

  6. Max, keep a journal as you learn. And then look back years from now, and you’ll see how far you and the science have come. Things will move fast, and you’ll be right there to move them. Good luck, and good inspiration to you.

  7. So Blessed to know some one is working so hard to help..Monte went to hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and this helped a lot, just not a long term unless you go back often, the cost is not covered by insurance.

  8. What an amazing young man. Having dealt with a close family member with Alzheimer’s, stories like this make my heart happy. Thank you for all your hard work do far, I look forward to hearing about your work and what you will accomplish going forward.

  9. It is dedicated people like Max Wallack that have the ability to stop Alzheimer’s on its track because of the sheer determination and life mission position they have adopted. I would like to follow his progress in research over the next few years. All the best to Max for this courage and determination to make a difference, to change perspectives on Alzheimer’s for the millions of sufferers.

    Dr. Ethelle Lord
    Pioneer In Alzheimer’s Coaching

  10. WOW, this is truly amazing, I am in the middle of this with my mother right now and you cannot even imagine how hard it is until you are going thru it! I would love to meet this kid someday, sounds like he has the heart, hands, and feet of Jesus here on earth! I would love to hear more about his story as it unfolds and wonder if there is anything I could do to help with his journey?

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