Stars shine bright for Alzheimer’s care

Speakers on stage share stories at Celebrity Fight Night Jay Layman and sons Carter, Nicholas, and Nathan

(August 2018) — The stars aligned at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa to raise nearly $800,000 for the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

Billy Crystal, Smokey Robinson, Kristin Chenoweth, Randy Jackson, Bo Derek, and dozens of other celebrities joined 1,000 guests for the 24th annual Celebrity Fight Night, one of the country’s elite charity events.

Hosted by Reba McEntire, the night featured performances by headliner Steven Tyler, Brooks & Dunn, Brian McKnight, Robinson, Chenoweth, and 10-year-old America’s Got Talent singer Angelica Hale.

Barrow patient Jay Layman, his family at his side, shared his emotional journey after receiving an early diagnosis of Lewy body dementia from Barrow doctors. His story drove home the mission of the evening, inspiring many in the room to donate to the cause.

Celebrity Fight Night was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker and has raised millions for Barrow. This year’s event provided a global stage for the work being done in the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program, which combines innovative research with compassionate care to offer the latest therapies and achieve the best outcomes. The support of Celebrity Fight Night will help Barrow specialists continue fighting for new treatments — and cures — to Alzheimer’s and dementia.