My friend, local Cleveland musician Jack Rugan, and I have much in common. We both love music, especially well-crafted pop songs. We share the same first name with our fathers, my dad being known as Jack and myself as John while it was the opposite in the Rugan house. And like so many, we're both dealing with Alzheimer's in our families.
My father passed away 12 years ago from a rare brain disease which included dementia. And now my mother is in a home suffering from Alzheimer's. Jack Rugan found out his father had Alzheimer's back in 2008. Like my mom, his dad's in an Alzheimer's home as well.
To help cope with the sad reality Jack took to writing a song, a love letter to his ailing father. He had a hard time singing the lyrics himself so he reached out to singer Paula Clare who's own mother recently passed away from the disease.
Rugan is now sharing the song with everyone making a free download available on his website, Jack Rugan, and creating a YouTube video as well.
He's hopeful that the song will help others that are dealing with watching a loved one succumb to Alzheimer's. There's also a link to donate to the Alzheimer's Association on the site.
A youthful John Rugan Sr.