AC/DC guitarist Angus Young has donated the Canadian equivalent of nearly $15,000 to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario after hearing about a Canadian fan's unusual fundraiser.
Steve McNeil, who lost his mother and his mother-in-law to Alzheimer's, has been traveling across Canada to skate for 19 hours and 26 minutes in each of the country's NHL cities, raising awareness and money for local Alzheimer's societies.
He says that his effort is a tribute to both his mother and Angus's brother Malcolm Young. The latter co-founded AC/DC with Angus and died from dementia at age 64 two years ago, after the illness forced him into retirement in 2014.
Angus told us at the time that it was clear to both himself and his brother that Malcolm would not be able to continue in the band: ["He kept going as long as he could, you know. I mean, he was still writing until he couldn't do that anymore. You were hoping, you know, that he would get better. The physical side of him, he got great treatment for that, but the mental side just deteriorated, you know. So he himself said, you know, I won't be able to do it anymore."] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . do it anymore.)
AC/DC's accountant told CBC that Angus and his wife, Ellen, "stumbled across" an article about McNeil's efforts and asked her to write CBC for more details about supporting his fundraiser.
Source: Pulse of Radio