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The Bob Goen Interview (Page 1 of 3)

An Interview with Bob Goen

Gary Barg: Can you tell me about how you became involved in so many different charitable causes?

Bob Goen: I have been raising money for a golf tournament in Colorado for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Colorado for many years. In 2004 I started a new golf tournament, raising money for the Bob Goenís Childrenís Charities. We also raised funds for Make-A-Wish and for the KIM Foundation, an organization that deals with abused kids and educates their parents, and then for a group called the Successive Six in Vale Valley, Colorado where they deal with after-school care for at-risk kids.

GB:  How did you start the Bob Goenís Childrenís Charities?

BG:  We thought that there were so many areas where we could be raising money and decided to start this foundation, Bob Goenís Childrenís Charities, and be able to raise money anywhere in the country that we want, and write a bigger check to Make-A-Wish Colorado, to Childrenís Hospital, to the KIM Foundation, and to whoever else may needs us. Ultimately, I would like to expand our efforts into the world of Alzheimerís as well, obviously because of my connection with it.   

GB:  What is your connection with Alzheimerís disease?

BG:  When my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimerís, my mom was determined to keep him at home. She was able to do that for about four years; but then it obviously just didnít work, so we put him into a facility and he died there two years ago.

GB:  Can you describe your fatherís transition from home to a facility?

BG:  We left it completely up to Mom the whole time. She was shouldering the burden from the word go, so we told her that whenever you want to do it, you tell us and weíll get it done. Wow, Iíll never forget the phone call that one morning when she said, ďI just canít do this anymore.Ē It was the hardest thing she ever had to do; but for us, the kids (I have two older sisters), to go along with that request was easy because we werenít living with it on a day-to-day basis. The difficulty was the actual process of putting him in the home. That was, to this day, the hardest day of my life. Thatís the most painful part of this whole thing, emotionally. Taking Dadís stuff and putting him in the car and having to make up this scenario as to why heís going there, basically kind of lying to him, in order to get him to just go along for a while.

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