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Joey McIntyre is taking part in this year's Alzheimer's Association fundraiser ‘A Night At Sardi's.'

Here's part of a blog writtent by Joey McIntyre of New Kids On The Block.  It's about his mother, who has Alzheimer's Disease:

"My mom may not know who I am, but she does a pretty good job of making me feel like she does. I believe she knows there is a connection. She keeps it very simple when she talks to me. Partly I think because she knows that she can't quite remember but is still witty enough to know that she doesn't want to make it any more confusing than it already is for her.

"I think she is past the most scary part— realizing she is "losing her mind." She knew something was happening. And at first I thought it was just my mom being dramatic. But looking back a few years, her behavior was strange. And soon it was clear that she was slipping away. That mostly showed up in her feeling scared and not wanting to be alone.

"I remember in the fall of 2008, she said something very profound and sadly poetic. She said, "me and the night don't get along." I thought that was quite a lyric. My mother was as witty as they come. She wrote tons of poems and parodies of songs. Mostly for co-workers leaving for another job or for cast-mates at the end of a show she was in. Or for my sisters' bosses or workmates. She would whip something up in an evening. She could do it all. Of course she had and raised nine kids — that says it all."

The blog goes on, and you can read the whole thing at the Alzheimer's Association's website.

Joey is once again participating in the annual "A Night At Sardi's" Fundraiser.  He talks about it on Good Day L.A. with Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone.

Fun Facts About Joey McIntyre: (Source:Wikipedia)

1) He is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He is best known as the youngest member of the group, New Kids on the Block.

2) Just before his 13th birthday, he joined New Kids on the Block, replacing Jamie Kelley. Since the other four members of the group were already long-time school friends, he initially found it difficult to mesh with the group. The New Kids on the Block became one of the most successful boy bands of the late 20th century, producing two number one albums on the US Billboard charts. In 1991, Forbes listed the band as the highest-earning entertainers, beating Madonna and Michael Jackson. The group eventually disbanded in 1994.

3) Following their split, McIntyre busied himself with songwriting and sought a solo recording contract. He made his acting debut in the film The Fantasticks, which was based on the long-running off-Broadway musical. This 1995 film, starring Joel Grey and Jean Louisa Kelly, was released in theatres five years later.

4) Disenchanted by his inability to find a recording contract, McIntyre used his own money to record his first solo album Stay the Same and sold it on his website. He then took his first single also entitled "Stay the Same" from the album to local Boston DJs, which eventually garnered the song national airplay. The combination of airplay and website sales for the single led to McIntyre signing a recording contract in 1999 with Sony Music USA, under the C2 label, a subsidiary of Columbia Records, which had previously been home to New Kids on the Block.

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Click HERE for more info on this year's Alzheimer's Association fundraiser ‘A Night At Sardi's.'

 

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