BORN OUT OF PASSION FOR MUSHROOMS AND HOW THEY CAN HELP PEOPLE
As Lillian grew older some things became more difficult, like remembering her loved ones. Eventually she was diagnosed with Lewy Body Disease, a form of dementia that causes degeneration and the death of nerve cells in the brain. It is an unforgiving and ruthless disease, and the last 10 years of her life living with it were some of the hardest Mark Patrick’s family encountered.
As with anyone who has had a family member with dementia, knowing of the possibility it could happen to them is always in the back of their mind. So when Mark Patrick heard mycologist Paul Stamets talk about some of the research with fungi and dementia on a podcast, he was immediately intrigued. He researched more and shared what he found with his husband, Denys. He knew that with Denys’ background in engineering/business and his renewed love of mushrooms combined with Mark Patrick’s passion for helping people, that they could create something truly special.
And that is how Ninth Path mushrooms was born.