Five Minutes of Amazing


Should we blindly accept the hand fate has dealt us, or turn our misfortune into triumph?

This was the choice Chris Graham faced when, aged thirty-eight, he was diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease that had already killed his father in his forties and put his brother in a nursing home aged forty-three.

The news turned Chris’s world upside down in more ways than he could have imagined. A long-serving British soldier, he’d recently discovered that his girlfriend Vicky was pregnant. Now, he was faced with dismissal from the army on medical grounds and the terrible decision of whether to keep their unborn child, who had a 50 per cent chance of inheriting the dementia gene. Vicky was determined that their baby should live, and that she would remain by Chris’s side, insisting that she’d rather have ‘five minutes of amazing’ than a lifetime without him.

After their son’s birth, Chris embarked on a 16,000-mile solo cycle around North America raising money and awareness for Alzheimer's research. Armed only with his bike, a sense of humour and some British grit, he was racing against time and his dementia.

Five Minutes of Amazing is both the story of Chris's epic journey and the struggle he and Vicky face every day. Inspiring and heart-warming, their story will touch everyone who reads it.