Join the Fight to End Alzheimer's Disease

Nancy Teets

The family of John Teets gathered in November inside the Community Library that bears his name at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute.

Before self-made businessman and former Greyhound and Dial CEO John Teets was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he was accustomed to calling the shots. During John's first appointment at Banner Alzheimer's Institute (BAI), Dr. Pierre Tariot "read John almost instantly," his wife, Nancy, recalls. "Then, he allowed John to be himself—and gave him the gift of his dignity."

Nancy recently gave a generous gift of her own through a provision in her estate plan. Designating a charitable contribution to BAI's Family and Community Services Program—a slate of programs and services that greatly impacted the entire Teets family—Nancy is a passionate advocate for the prevention of the disease that claimed her husband.

In his honor, the John W. Teets Community Library at BAI, commemorated with a small assembly of his family and caregivers in November 2017, is a gathering place and invaluable resource for the community.

When thinking about the prospect of ending Alzheimer's in the near future, Nancy says one word comes to mind: historic. "We could be the generation that finds a cure. And it can happen right here in Arizona."

Because Nancy is someone who knows well the journey others will face, her gift is a critical link in the chain that will eventually lead to a cure. And she encourages others to make an investment in the remarkable possibility of ending Alzheimer's disease.

"Donors' financial support could give one more ray of hope that we will find a solution," Nancy says. "We are truly all in this together."

You can follow in Nancy's footsteps and give a gift that funds prevention research and helps those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

Contact Christy Atler at 480-710-3059 or christy.atler@bannerhealth.com for more information today.