Monthly Archives: June 2015

6.30.2015 blog post

Things are going well. My resolve for helping has never been stronger. I feel lots of support for how I am trying to help in the fight against the disease that most likely will get me. I am trying hard to stay fit and keep going. I am also continuing to keep the Promise I made to my God.


The Senate Appropriations Committee

With this bipartisan call for a 60% increase in Alzheimer’s disease funding, Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Member Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Subcommittee Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Murray are making history. More importantly, they are demonstrating to the millions of Americans affected by this devastating and fatal disease that they will not suffer indefinitely,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association. “As we look forward to the announcement of the first Alzheimer’s professional judgment budget next month, the momentum behind the fight to end Alzheimer’s has never been greater.”

Donna died yesterday. ….

About 40 years old. A distant relative. She had cancer. She stayed with my mom on the week she would have treatment. Her mom found her dead yesterday, in her bed. Mom said Donna fought hard and tried to live.

2 hours to live…..

After I had been in the emergency room for a bit, the doctor told me my organs were trying to shut down. He said they were doing the best they could. They said I had lost an amazing amount of blood. I was trying so hard to keep awake. One nurse in the emergency room had tears running down her face. Scary time. That was 14 years ago. I know how fragile life is and I appreciate every second.

More about Glenn Campbell

This show was a tremendous vehicle for raising awareness.

Wow, what monies may be needed to fight alzheimers disease may be the same as the budget of the Defense Department.

Something I know, America and also folks all over the world will respond, like always, and we will beat this disease. That’s what we do.

The best we have are on this. I think it takes all kinds of folks to solve problems.

Hope is on the Horizon!

6.29.2015 blog post

I watched the Glenn Campbell story on CNN last night. I kept seeing the faces of patients I have met, but mostly the faces of caregivers. My opinion is that the show will help raise awareness.

2 topics they touched on was the anger the patient can express and not making it to the bathroom. In private conversations with caregivers I have heard of both of these situations many times.

My training for the Leadville Trail 100 is going well. I enjoy having something to reach for.

Amicalola Falls has become very busy for me. Lots of folks coming to talk. People seem to appreciate long term commitment.

It’s amazing to me to reflect and realize that no matter what I have ever said, I really have been raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association for over 3 years.

Leadville update…..

Still shooting to run in the Leadville Trail 100 in 2017.

I’ve been advised that I need to do any power walking I do at a 15 minute pace.

Also been advised, even this far out, that I need to do a large majority of my runs on trails. I need elevation change. I need to avoid burnout.

6.28.2015 pictures




Amicalola Falls

Dan Goerke. .. my friend

What an honor to finally meet him. His wonderful wife Denise has early onset alzheimers disease. He came to Amicalola Falls to say hello. We spoke a good while. I introduced him to several of my friends at the park. Dan is an ambassador with the Alzheimer’s Association.


Amicalola Falls

6.27.2015 pictures


Mark Lein told this young man he has a knack for running.


Encouraging couple. They came up the stairs strong.


United States Army. Team red, white and blue. From Fort Benning.


Dementia connection here. First time I have been this near a tiny little guy in awhile.


Mark Lein. Gonna help me in Leadville.


Dan Goerke. My friend. His wife has early onset alzheimers. Wow, he loves his wife so much.


United States Air Force. So respectful and STRONG. In jump school at Fort Benning.


This is Kingsley Green. She is an awesome runner. Scholarship for cross country. I got emotional speaking to her. She has worked so hard.

Amicalola Falls