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Glen Campbell film to be shown in Eau Claire; ticket sales support Alzheimer’s Association

In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented nationwide tour. He thought it would last five weeks. Instead it went for 151 sold-out shows over a year and a half.

What made this tour extraordinary was that Campbell recently had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Campbell and his wife, Kim, went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a “Goodbye Tour.” The film “I’ll Be Me” documents Campbell’s journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of his progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice.

Mayo Clinic Health System and the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County (ADRC) are bringing “I’ll be Me” to Eau Claire. Cost is $7; 100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Micon Cinemas, 3109 Mall Drive:

  • Thursday, April 30: 6-7 p.m. — reception with experts available to answer questions; refreshments provided by Festival Foods; movie screening from 7-9 p.m. followed by a short discussion conducted by Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades.
  • Saturday, May 2: 10 a.m.-noon movie screening
  • The film includes Campbell’s physician, Ron Peterson, M.D., of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “He’s given us great advice as we have gone through this journey together, and he continues to be very supportive and a big help to us because we are still in the process,” says Kim Campbell in an October 2014 interview with the Post-Bulletin in Rochester, when the film screened there.

At the reception before the April 30 screening, Mayo Clinic Health System and ADRC staff will be on hand to discuss resources for people with memory issues or their families.

“Through a story like Glen Campell’s, we can bring people together to talk about diagnosis and treatment options for patients and support for caregivers,” says nurse practitioner Angie Oldenberg of Mayo Clinic Health System’s Memory Care Clinic. “We’re so appreciative of partnering with the ADRC and Micon to offer this film locally.”

Secretary Rhoades’ visit highlights how important this issue is not just locally but statewide, says Lisa Wells, ADRC dementia care specialist. “If you are exhibiting dementia symptoms or your loved one is, you are not alone; there are resources to assist you,” Wells says. “Please come to the movie, and bring your questions.”

For more information call, 715-838-6033 or 715-839-4735.

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