Christel Goodson
Finding a Cure Through Philanthropy

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Christel Goodson

Christel Goodson, or Chris as she likes to be known, shared her love of traveling with her husband of 27 years, Alan. Their sense of adventure brought them together and led them to explore some of the most remote places in the world.

Chris was born in Germany and moved to England at the age of 12. Early in her career she moved to the United States for a job opportunity and has called Columbus home ever since. She met Alan, who was born in England, while they were both working at Chemical Abstracts Service. Alan lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease ten years ago, but his legacy lives on through his commitment to finding a cure through philanthropy.

When Alan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Chris found comfort and guidance from Alzheimer’s support groups. “The support group gave me the assistance and reassurance I needed to manage the challenges that come with caring for someone with Alzheimer’s,” said Chris. “In the group I could share stories and seek advice from people who understood what I was facing.” Today Chris is a co-leader of a support group and draws upon her own experiences to help caregivers cope with the disease.

Chris is honoring her husband and fulfilling his wishes to help families cope with and beat Alzheimer’s. After meeting Dr. Scharre, she learned about the innovative strides that are being made in Alzheimer’s detection and treatment at Ohio State. Dr. Scharre directs the Memory Disorders Research Center at Ohio State and is conducting groundbreaking research in dementia and cognitive impairment. A generous gift from her estate, along with a life insurance gift, will support Dr. Scharre’s work and fund two fellows in neuroscience.

More than 5 million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s each year, but it is still an underserved area. With support from generous people like the Goodsons, Ohio State can continue to make innovative strides and get closer to a cure. Chris noted, “My hope is that these neurology fellows will have the proper resources to make advancements in the field and create a brighter outlook for future patients and families.”



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