Investors Business Daily is running a profile of entrepreneur turned longevity science advocate Dave Kekich, who you might recall was one of the first wave of donors to support the Methuselah Foundation back when it was getting starting. If you'd like to know more about the driving force behind the Maximum Life Foundation and the recent Manhattan Beach Project activities, then take a look.
Told that he would never walk again, Kekich sank into hopelessness. "I felt my life had pretty much ended because I was much into the physical aspect of life," he told IBD.
Having regained a great deal of lost confidence, Kekich started a venture capital firm in his bedroom. He raised money for entrepreneurs from angel investors and took a few companies public. Over 10 years, he closed about $22 million in venture capital deals. He pocketed millions in income but declines to say exactly how much.
After raising $300,000 for paralysis research over 12 years, Kekich realized that even if he could walk again, he'd "still be faced with all the horrible (side effects) of aging - cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's," he wrote in his 2009 book, "Life Extension Express."
He figures that 150,000 people in America suffer from spinal cord injuries, but they're dwarfed by the 6.5 billion people who will one day have to contend with old age. So with a few hundred thousand dollars of his own money, he founded the Maximum Life Foundation and moved back to California.
His nonprofit is dedicated to raising money for biotechnology research that will lead to medicine and therapies to reverse aging.
It is an illustrative lesson for those folk who wonder what it is they can contribute to the future of human longevity. Never let it be said that you can't succeed, or can't contribute, or can't find a way to do what you want to do in life. It won't be easy - nothing worthwhile ever is - but what you achieve is almost entirely up to you.