1926 Skate for Alzheimer’s disease
Steve McNeil skates for 19 hours and 26 minutes to raise awareness and funds for
He started his marathon skates in 2012 in Toronto as a tribute to his mother,
who died of the disease, and to all the caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s. His
mother was born in 1926 thus the name of his skate -1926Skate.
McNeil, who is a recreational hockey referee in Toronto, says his 19-hour and
26-minute effort is just one day in his life, but caregivers spend that much time
each day looking after their loved ones.
In the winter of 2018/2019 he skated in the seven Canadian NHL cities.
It was -29C in Montreal, -40C in Edmonton and it snowed all night in Calgary.
He listens to the music of rock band ACDC when he skates. One of the
members of the band, Malcolm Young, died of the disease and when members of
the band heard about McNeil’s efforts they donated $19,260 to the Alzheimer
In the winter of 2020 he will skate in all 10 provinces – 12 cities. In Vancouver
he will listen to the music of John Mann and the band Spirit of the West as a
tribute to Mann who was a victim of Alzheimer’s.
McNeil encourages everyone to come to skate with him for a brief time. In
Montreal three amateur hockey players will discover how difficult the marathon is
when they join him on the ice for 19 hours and 26 minutes in 2020.
The money raised in each city is donated to the local Alzheimer Society.