After a double diagnosis of early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in 2010, corporate executive Scott Russell went into a deep depression. He isolated himself, lost clarity, and struggled for purpose. It was at this dark period in his life that he made a life-changing decision to make a positive impact on others. He began to work with Alzheimer’s Program of Norwalk, Connecticut, and his popular Alzi Animals project was born. Scott transforms stuffed animals into one-of-a-kind pieces of art designed to comfort those in need of the healing powers of a smile and hope.
As an extension of his dedication to help others, Scott and his friends created Silly Mr. Scott, a story designed to inspire those who may not understand what is happening to their loved ones. In this tale, the students of an elementary school class come up with ways to help their beloved art teacher stay active at school. The result is an inspirational and educational story for all ages about love and caring for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.
Scott’s Alzi Animals are sought-after collectors’ pieces, sold to raise funds for and awareness of Alzheimer’s research. Scott feels that with proper funding, this devastating disease can be conquered.