“My mom knew he had it, and she used to say, when I walked in the door, to Dad, ‘This is your son, Earle.’ ‘He knows me, Mom,’ I would say.
Well, he didn’t know me. She was helping him all the time.”
Dr. Doug Scharre, director of cognitive neurology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, praised the Bruce family’s efforts to help fight the disease that afflicted Earle’s father.
“We are very grateful for the assistance of Earle Bruce and the Bruce family for being such strong advocates for the need for more research for Alzheimer’s disease over the years. Earle was an exceptional individual and such a staunch supporter for Alzheimer’s research, in part because his family had been so affected by the disease. We are thankful for his support.”
To beat the disease, Bruce and his late wife, Jean, started two events to raise money for the Earle and Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund in Neurology at Ohio State. Both draw great support from the folks in Bruce’s athletic history.
Every year, current coach Urban Meyer speaks at the always-sold-out Beat Michigan Tailgate. Buckeye greats such as Keith Byars come back for the Athletes against Alzheimer’s Radiothon. And Bruce and his daughter Lynn later began a third fundraiser, Boots and Buckeyes, at the All American Quarter Horse Congress at the Ohio Expo Center. The events have raised more than $1 million for Alzheimer’s research.