Bonnie Blair is a true champion and a legend in the world of sports. She competed in four Olympic Games, won five gold medals and one bronze, and became one of the most decorated American speed skaters in Olympic history. Today, this Olympic Hall of Famer uses her competitive spirit in the fight to put an end to Alzheimer’s disease. It was a deep and very personal connection that first attracted Bonnie to the cause. Her mother, Eleanor, was formally diagnosed at age 84 with a form of dementia.
For more than a decade, Bonnie has been helping create greater public awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by raising funds to support the mission here in Southeastern Wisconsin. She has been a celebrity walker for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for more than a decade, served as the Honorary Chair of the 2013 Mardi Gras Gala, and is the founder of the annual “Blair Cares” Volunteer Award.
“There were times when my mom said things or got angry and just really did things that I know wasn’t my mom. That was the scary part. If I am able to help an organization like the Alzheimer’s Association because of the success that I’ve had as an Olympic speed skater, or the name I’ve created, then that makes me feel awesome.”