Cornhusker Auto Wash will donate 100 percent of its proceeds today, Wednesday , to two organizations that have a personal connection to the business.
From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., all car washes, detailing and oil changes will go toward benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association and The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration for more research on Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia.
Cornhusker Auto Wash, 25th Street and Cornhusker Road, has a personal connection with FTD and Alzheimer’s as previous owner Mark Fox was diagnosed with both diseases last year.
His son, Brian, took over the business and has since been an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association and AFTD.
“It’s a very fast progressing disease — he’s already living in a nursing home and requiring 24-hour care. He does some things independently, but he still needs that structure and support,” Fox said.
“We’re very excited for this event to give back to (the organizations) and raise awareness. There’s many, many people out there affected by Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal dementia.
“Alzheimer’s is a very debilitating disease, and the frontotemporal disease is a silent killer. A lot of people are unaware of it, sometimes it’s misdiagnosed and it’s 100 percent fatal and fast moving.
“Now that we have answers, our goal is to make sure Dad has the care that he needs and to raise awareness.”
Terry Streetman, public policy manager for the Alzheimer’s Association of Nebraska, said he’s looking forward to the benefit and how it will bring awareness to the diseases.
“We’re helping to get the word out,” Streetman said of the benefit. “We appreciate anyone who helps out to make people aware of what’s going on.”
There will be donation jars and also pamphlets with more information on Alzheimer’s and FTD.
Fox is also a full-time advocate, and is planning on hosting meet-and-greets around Nebraska and Iowa in the future for more people to become aware of FTD.
“I want to make sure everybody who’s impacted by these diseases knows they’re not alone,” he said.
Streetman said it’s important for individuals to get educated on dementia and Alzheimer’s and the effects on those living with the disease.
“Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and it’s the most expensive disease in America,” he said. “We need the awareness and funds for things like research and support so people who are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia can have the support they need, and their caregivers, too.”
Fox said he’s looking forward to making this event annual and giving back to the two organizations while also raising awareness.
“There’s nothing I can do to slow down what’s happening to Dad, but if we can take his story and help others, I look forward to using his story to spread good news and let people know they’re not alone,” he said. “People can come in any time of the day, any way they want to offer donations and support, we really appreciate it.”