BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013
The goal is to raise money for the MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research. The hope is to cure and eliminate suffering from neurological disorders such as Autism, Parkinson's, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, depression, Stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
This fundraiser is in honor of my father, John Loughnane, who showed me fatherhood doesn't only have to be something you are born into, it can also be earned.
He was a talented and decent person who valued being approachable, working hard and lifelong learning. He had licenses as an embalmer, funeral director, commercial pilot, and electrical contractor. He was proudly retired from the army and police. After retiring from the police became an attorney. He continually encouraged my mother to go to college and further her education saying its important to be an independent women. She would go from having a high school diploma to an associates in nursing, to a bacherlors and eventually a law degree. He valued education, and when a good friend of mine ran out of money in his last semester at college, he helped pay for it.
I think where a lot of guys relish their 20s and 30s, he looked forward to his 40s-60s where he could combine his intelligence with the experience he had built up. He would have back pain for most of his life and unfortunately, as his back injuries and Parkinson's disease progressed, he would be unable to perform activities of daily living. He spent years with no bowel or bladder control and unable to walk or eat independently. Many people were very helpful and kind during his illness. I think his good deeds came back to him. The hope of this fundraiser is to help the next person so they can live a happier and more productive life.
Photo #1: This photo was taken within the past 4 years. Due to his spinal cord injuries and Parkinson's Disease, it was hard to get a good photo. This one's pretty good, although you can see he has a black eye from a recent fall.
Photo #2: As a child
Photo#3: Graduating from high school.
Photo #4: In the army flying the White Ghost
Photo #5: As a police officer working in the communications room
Photo #6: Building an addition
Photos #7 & 8: With family
Photos #9 & 10. These photos are between 2001 and 2009 and you can really see the deterioration of his condition. He would pass away in the summer of 2013.
About the McGovern Institute for Brain Research: The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT is led by a team of world-renowned neuroscientists committed to meeting two great challenges of modern science: understanding how the brain works and discovering new ways to prevent or treat brain disorders. If you would like to learn more their web address is: http://mcgovern.mit.edu/about-the-institute.