NN personal trainer scales Mt. Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer's research

Newport News personal trainer Brian Cole scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the tallest freestanding peak in Africa, in February. After altitude sickness foiled his climb a couple of years ago, Cole recommitted to the effort to reach the summit, 19,000 feet+, as a tool to fundraise for Alzheimer's research. He dedicated his 2013 climb to his friend John Hightower, former head of the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, who has an Alzheimer's diagnosis.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and there is currently no way to cure -- or even slow the progression of -- the disease that affects thousands on the Peninsula alone.

To date, Cole's climb has raised $19,000 which will go to the Alzheimer's Association for research. Anyone wishing more information or to contribute, can go to www.ClimbingHighforJohn.com.

To learn about support and resources for people and families affected by Alzheimer's, go to www.alz.org/seva

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