Alzheimer's Awareness nights at MHS

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By: 
Rob Reischel
There will be Alzheimer's Awareness nights during Middleton basketball games on Feb. 4 and 5. The disease has hit the Boyle family of Middleton hard./Photo submitted

Middleton High School will host two Alzheimer’s Awareness nights during basketball games on Feb. 4 and 5.

Middleton’s girls will host Sun Prairie Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Middleton’s boys will then host Sun Prairie Friday at 7:30 p.m.

It will be an extremely meaningful night for the Boyle family of Middleton.

John Boyle was Middleton’s boys basketball coach from 1991-2006 and led the Cardinals to the 1998 WIAA Division 1 state tournament. His wife, Mary, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010 at the age of 57.

Haley Boyle, the couple’s oldest daughter, will talk about Alzheimer’s during halftime of Friday’s game. Danny Boyle (Class of 2001) and Tone Boyle (2006) — former standouts at Middleton — will also be in attendance.

John Boyle will also be doing color commentary on Friday’s game for Channel 3000’s “Game of the Week.”

The players will wear purple shoelaces and the coaches will also wear some purple to show their support for the cause. There will also be a halftime bucket pass fundraiser.

Alzheimer's victimizes more than five million people in the United States. More than 15.4 million people act as caregivers. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the US. 

There are no survivors of Alzheimer's. There is no cure, no way to prevent the disease and no way to slow its progression.

“The Boyle family chose to get involved with the Alzheimer's Association as a way to fight this fatal disease,” Haley Boyle said. “We share a vision of a world without Alzheimer's.”

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