Michaela (Mikey) Hoag and her father lived on opposite coasts of the United States when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Unable to help with his daily care and unwilling to sit idle, the Silicon Valley resident decided she had two choices. "I could ignore the problem or I could do something about it," Mikey says. "And when my mother started to show the signs of the disease, I knew I had to kick it in gear."
In the Alzheimer's Association, she found a partner to help her develop and pursue her philanthropic vision to help solve the problem of Alzheimer's. In 2004, Mikey and husband Jay pledged their first $1 million gift to the Association's research program, placing them as members of our Zenith Society. The couple has continued to invest in research via the Association, and in 2012 Mikey led a passionate volunteer committee in launching Part the Cloud, an inspirational gala calling on community leaders, business executives and celebrities to raise funds for the cause.
Four galas and more than $29 million later, Part the Cloud has evolved into much more than a fundraiser — it's a movement to transform progress in Alzheimer's research, funding 23 research grants including four Part the Cloud Challenge on Neuroinflammation awards.
"The possibility of solving this disease is real and within our generation," Mikey says. "I know that I can raise money, and I'm confident in the Association's ability to invest the funds in the most meaningful ways."