Alan Arnette is an aging baby boomer from Colorado—that’s how he describes himself—who was once a technology executive with Hewlett-Packard in Geneva, Switzerland. He took early retirement about three years ago to care for his mom, Ida Arnette. She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and ultimately died from it in August 2009 at the age of 84.This tragedy transformed him into a champion for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Now he’s devoting his life to raising money -- through mountaineering. He’s currently tackling the world’s highest mountains with his 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s. Through this, he aims to raise $1 million for Alzheimer’s research and care. He’s already raised tens of thousands of dollars through his climbing efforts. He’s driven by the desire to preserve the identities, the memories and the lives of individuals that Alzheimer’s disease will ultimately take. Which is why his 7 Summits climb is called ‘Memories are Everything’.