Peter Oosterhuis Announces He Has Alzheimer's Disease

Former European Tour player and CBS golf announcer Peter Oosterhuis, alongside wife Ruth Ann, announces he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

Released on 6/29/2015

Transcript

00:00
Well, we are going public tonight
00:03
with the fact that my husband has Alzheimer's.
00:06
And we think that this is the right thing to do.
00:12
If you have Alzheimer's and you don't tell anyone,
00:14
it gets worse and worse and worse,
00:16
and you get sick, and you get sick, and you get sick.
00:19
So, it's been told to us
00:22
by a doctor in Charlotte who's treating Peter,
00:27
in a study that Dr. Meh-zu and Dr. Pell helped us get into
00:32
that Peter's name would help
00:36
in raising money for Alzheimer's
00:39
because he's brilliant and he's had a storied career
00:43
and people love him.
00:45
So we are coming out tonight here
00:47
because of Jim and Courtney.
00:50
Because they have totally helped us.
00:53
They have totally got us where we are today
00:56
and I'm not afraid to tell all of you
00:58
that Peter has Alzheimer's.
01:03
So that's why we're here tonight to help,
01:06
whatever any of you can do
01:10
to help us with Alzheimer's.
01:11
We need help, we need funding.
01:14
Please help us.
01:15
It's a horrible disease.
01:17
It not only affects Peter,
01:19
it affects me and it affects our children.
01:22
It affects our grandchildren.
01:23
It affects our friends.
01:27
Nobody wants to have this.
01:30
But we have it, we've accepted it.
01:32
It took nine months for us to accept
01:34
the fact that Peter has this.
01:38
And he is, as always, elegant, amazing,
01:44
standing up to the whole situation.
01:46
And if we can help, which we are going to do,
01:50
we're gonna raise money.
01:50
If there's a golf tournament, please join.
01:54
If there's a run, join.
01:55
Do everything you can to can to help this,
01:57
because this disease is gonna become an epidemic
02:02
with the baby boomers coming up.
02:05
So anyway, that's why we're here tonight.
02:07
And I thank you all for listening to me
02:09
and I hope I did okay.
02:11
(audience applauds)
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