With the shock of the news, he decided to retreat to the mountains that he and his wife adored. And not just retreating to relax, he vowed to climb 282 mountains known as “Munros” in Scotland.
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An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can break a family, however, a husband is literally climbing mountains to help his wife.
Nick Gardener, 80, had a unique idea to not only honor his wife, but also to help others like her. His wife, Janet, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2018. The initial shock upset the couple, but Nick just wanted to do something meaningful despite the tough times.
Janet had been ill with osteoporosis since 2002, but she was a nature lover. Both she and her husband love to walk and Nick is also an expert climber.
With the shock of the news, he decided to retreat to the mountains that he and his wife adored. And not just retreating to relax, he vowed to climb 282 mountains known as “Munros” in Scotland. The end result of this challenge is not just a moment of peace for him, but to raise money for Alzheimer’s sufferers. His vote is to raise £ 10,000 (Rs 9.53 lakh) for both the Royal Osteoporosis Society and Alzheimer Scotland.
Last year, Nick had decided to finish his challenge by his birthday this year. However, like everything else in the world, his plans had to be halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was supposed to start in April as spring is considered the best time for climbing, but Nick didn’t let the change of plans dampen his enthusiasm. His initial challenge was to be completed in 1200 days and he still has some time left. The wide span of time has been carefully chosen as he too wants to spend time with his wife.
According to LAdbible, Nick is concerned about how little time he might have. He confessed that he was a complete disaster when his wife was hospitalized, but this will help him focus. You can also follow his ‘live’ journey on his official Instagram page.