It's a disease most associate with old people. But Ken Dodson of Adrian was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 30. Dodson and his wife Nikki have three children. They're sharing their story in a documentary.
A Hollywood camera crew spent a couple days in Adrian this week at the Dodson's quiet country home. They were documenting the truth about a debilitating disease. Six years ago, at just 30, Ken Dodson learned he had Early-Onset Alzheimer's. It's attacked his memory, his motor skills and his speech. Wife Nikki says the diagnoses came as a shock. "Our kids were just babies. We had just started our life. Had just bought our house. Where do we go from here? This was something that you deal with when you're retired and your mortgage is paid off and you're not loaded down with credit card debt."
The Dodson's story is one of three to be featured in the documentary directed by Lauren Miller, who is married to Actor Seth Rogen. Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in her 50's. The couple has made it their mission to raise money and awareness. Last February, Rogen testified before Congress. The couple has also raised millions for Alzheimer's research with their organization called "Hilarity for Charity."
The Dodson's raise money too, participating in fundraisers for the Alzheimer's Association. Nikki says, "We have two boys and we have a nephew and we have doctors that say it's hereditary. Us doing this documentary may not save him, but if it can save somebody else, then we did our job."
The Dodson's story is one of love and sacrifice. Ken says caregivers for those with Alzheimer's don't get enough credit. "There's countless things she's done for me, that I never could repay. But I appreciate her, and I don't take her for granted."