Swim From Alcatraz: Dementia Does Not Have to Be a Prison

Dr. Charlie Farrell, 82 years old, is swimming from Alcatraz to San Francisco in July of 2019 . The first thing we often hear when educating people about dementia is that dementia is like a prison and life with dementia is bleak. In the Alcatraz swim, swimming away from the prison, Dr. Charlie wants to advocate for people with dementia and share the message that dementia does not have to be a prison. You can live well with dementia. Please help support Dr. Charlie today by donating.


The CLF Foundation relies solely on personal donations to run its programming. Any amount helps us provide art care programs, community outreach, and advocacy.

We have three donation options available: Sustaining Gift (monthly donation), donation to Creative Connections™ Arts Sessions, and a one-time donation.

Sustaining Gift, a monthly donation

The Farrell Foundation provides arts enrichment at no cost to hundreds of individuals with memory loss and their care partners each year. Please consider a monthly gift to financially support the work and mission of the foundation. The foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your gift is tax-deductible.

To select this option, check the “Make This Recurring (Monthly)” option after you fill in your donation amount.

Donation to Creative Connections Arts Sessions

Provide Art Supplies & Equipment for Arts Experiences – Donate $50

Support Guest Artist/Musician/ Storyteller/Poet to Lead Session – Donate $100

Sustain the Cost of Transportation to Arts Sessions or Museum/Gallery/Concert Trip – Donate $250

Underwrite the Cost to Obtain New Technology, Create Video Productions, and Download Music – Donate $500

One-time Donation