The Spiritwood “Forget Me Not” Foundation
Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease Through The Arts
Thank you for visiting our site. We formed the Spiritwood Foundation in memory of my dad‚ Rocco Michael Passaretti‚ who passed of Alzheimer's Disease after a long and painful goodbye. This journey devastated us‚ but it also gave us a sense of purpose‚ and a passion to do what we could to ease the devastation for others.
We began with… “What can WE do?”…and our answer was clear. With (my husband) Pat's 25 years as a recording and touring artist‚ and my equal time in the health field‚ we have the resources and network of award–winning performing artists and dedicated health professionals. Another unique aspect Pat and I bring to this mission is our access to some of the most incredible fine artists in the country. Their dazzling paintings‚ books‚ and jewelry are an integral piece of the puzzle‚ giving us the ability to generate revenues and gift valuable pieces of art.
Our mission is to raise awareness and funds through uplifting benefit concerts and other visual and performing arts. Through a grass roots and national effort‚ the Spiritwood Foundation is committed to supporting existing local community organizations and facilities‚ as well as assisting in creating new facilities and services where most needed.
As Pat and I have toured the country‚ (performing at art and music festivals and other venues)‚ we have witnessed the monumental impact Alzheimer's Disease is having on America. Nearly everyone we meet has been affected by this disease. Your stories are heart–breaking‚ and familiar.
Every 71 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. This disease has no boundaries...rich‚ poor‚ man‚ woman‚ genius or gentle hard–working soul like my daddy...no one is immune. And‚ no matter how often we turn away from the terrible truth‚ Alzheimer's is becoming an epidemic.
From the connections we have made with thousands of people on our national tours‚ the most common need we encounter is for a more personal approach‚ along with the clinical efforts. It is our mission to help care–givers as well as the afflicted‚ and to elevate the quality of life for those on this journey.
Join us in our efforts to fight Alzheimer's Disease in the trenches…with the beauty and grace of the arts.
And check out Forget Me Not on Spiritwood Music
Forget Me Not