Mayo Clinic congratulates Glen Campbell on Grammy win
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Country legend Glen Campbell, a friend to many in Rochester, was honored Sunday night with the Grammy for the best country song of 2015.
Campbell's wife, Kim, and the song's co-writer, Julian Raymond, accepted the award on behalf of Campbell, who is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
“He is healthy and cheerful and I know first and foremost he’d want to thank God,” said Kim Campbell, according to a report by Taste of Country.
‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You,’ which is also nominated for an Oscar, was featured in a recent documentary about the singer's battle with Alzheimer’s. Many of the scenes of ‘I’ll Be Me' were shot at Rochester's Mayo Clinic, where Campbell was diagnosed and treated with the disease.
Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, was Campbell's doctor through the diagnosis and is featured in the film. Dr. Petersen told Mayo's In the Loop last summer that he hopes the documentary changes the perception of the disease and shows the importance of acting now.
"I hope the film highlights the struggles and needs of those living with the disease," Dr. Peterson said. "I also hope it highlights the need for increased funding for research … since research is the only way we're going to have any impact on reducing the effects of Alzheimer's."