FIVE MINUTES OF AMAZINGCHRIS GRAHAM Book Number: 81835 Product format: Hardback
Sub-titled 'My Journey Through Dementia', this is a book about whether we should blindly accept the hand of fate or turn misfortune into triumph. This was the choice Chris Graham faced when aged 38 he was diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's Disease that had already killed his father in his forties and put his brother in a nursing home aged 43. The news turned Chris's world upside down. A long-serving British soldier, he had recently discovered that his girlfriend Vicky was pregnant. Now he was faced with dismissal from the Army on medical grounds and the terrible decision of whether to keep their unborn child who had a 50% chance of inheriting the dementia gene. Vicky was determined that their baby should live and that she would remain by Chris's side. After their son's birth, Chris embarked on a 16,000 mile solo cycle journey around North America raising money and awareness for Alzheimer's research. Armed with only his bike, his sense of humour and some British grit, he was racing against time and his dementia. Chris's journey did not end there - he offered himself up for scientific research in the hope of finding a cure. A touching story. 270pp with maps of his travels across Texas to the Mexican border, smiling despite heat, snakes and scorpions, camping roadside and photographing the signpost Death Valley. Eight pages of colour photos, 15 maps.
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