Loading discussion content. Please wait...
I Have Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia
A billionaire with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy funds consortium to research tau protein disorders
FORT WORTH, Texas — Shortly after Richard Rainwater was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease in 2009, the billionaire Fort Worth investor gathered with family members and a team of doctors in New York to learn more about progressive supranuclear palsy.
The facts were sobering. There were no cures and no proven treatments for PSP, a rare and fatal disorder that only affects about 6 in every 100,000 people. Initially, patients typically have problems with their balance or show personality changes. Eventually they lose the ability to speak and swallow.
But Rainwater, who made a name for himself in the business world as a bold dealmaker with an eye for attracting top talent, wasn't about to give in.
"I remember, during a break, Richard looked at me and said, 'If money can beat this thing, we're gonna beat it,'" said Walter Rainwater, Richard's brother.
I wonder if they are looking into any alternative therapy modalities, such as aromatherapy?