Monthly Archives: November 2015

I don’t know what more to do, but I will do more

November 30th, 2015.         10:27pm

Never Give Up on the real Goal.

It’s so easy to think that you know why you’re doing something, and what’s really important. Sometimes though it is not. You just know you are supposed to do something. I know what is important to me.

  • my little precious cousin died with polio when she was 3 years old
  • my other little sweet cousin died from leukemia when she was 7 years old
  • another cousin died with leukemia when he was 19 years old
  • my 19 year old friend died in Vietnam 46 years ago
  • another 19 year old friend died twice, once in Vietnam a long time ago and again last year
  • my dad died a horrific death with alzheimers disease
  • my brother died from a massive heart attack at age 57
  • 5 friends lost hope and took their own lives
  • I have met thousands of alzheimers  caregivers that don’t know what to do next
  • I see where 22 Veterans are taking their own lives every day
  • I know alzheimers disease has to be stopped
  • I know all killer diseases need to be stopped
  • I know I respect Terry Fox and Dr. Jonas Salk
  • I know I want to help
  • I hate seeing homeless folks
  • I can’t stand to hear the V.A. can’t keep up

I also know I Will Help with what I can until I stop breathing. I don’t want my grand babies to worry about alzheimers. I don’t like seeing anyone hurt.

wonder who he was . . . where he came from

somewhere well west of here last year, it was pretty darn cold. I walked out the door of the hotel and the temperature was dropping fast and the sky was filling up with clouds. It was getting dark. The wind sped up and it began to snow. It was blowing sideways. I went back in the room for a few minutes. I stuck my head back out again. It was hard to see. I saw a man with a pack on his back. He was going pretty slow. I threw on a minimal amount of clothing and went to see him. The wind was so strong and the snow coming down so hard that we could not hear each other. I was ill equipped to be out there. I finally stuck my thumb in the air and my face, I hoped, along with my thumb was asking if he was okay. His face was the face of seriousness. He gave me a thumbs up and slightly smiled. I headed back to my room, found more clothing and went back out. I couldn’t find him. Guess he got a ride.

may look bad, but gotta keep at it

I try to hide my age sometimes. Sometimes it’s pain, other times emotion. That takes to much energy. I have realized that keeping going is the important part, not how I look while doing that. People see me struggling, they want me to quit. I appreciate where they are coming from, but I have to disregard the advice. I have to keep on, because I promised.

Pancreatic cancer

For 40 years, the survival rate for pancreatic cancer has remained in
the single digits – despite an increase in the incidence of the disease,
despite the fact that it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death,
and despite the progress made on other cancers. Survival rates
for pancreatic cancer have remained relatively the same because
the federal government’s approach to pancreatic cancer has been
relatively the same – provide a trickle of research funding in response
to a river of need.

I don’t understand the lack of funding. I’m sorry. I just don’t.

the omelet lady at Amicalola Falls

She is always making people smile. Always asking me if I am okay. Always hugs me. She makes her omelets like an artist paints.

She makes people smile. Love this lady…..

Dr. Jonas Salk – polio – awareness

I believe this statement.

Before a group of people will spend incredible amounts of money and/or time on a problem

  • they need to know the problem exists
  • they need to know the costs if not attended to
  • they need to believe a solution is available
  • they need to know “the problem” must be solved.

In my opinion, that’s what awareness is for. Who knows, with awareness, what is important or not. I have thought about it in this way.

Dr. Salk and the folks that helped him, found the vaccine that stopped polio. How did he get into research? How did he come to work on the polio problem. He was made AWARE about something that put him on the path. It could have been anyone, anywhere that said something one day that started Mr. Salk on his journey that saved millions of people.

I heard this long ago;  “50% of all advertising is a complete waste of money. We just don’t know which 50%”

I know this. We all have to keep raising awareness about the most expensive disease in history.


from the Alzheimer's Association website



Sunday at Amicalola

November 29th, 2015.        12:46pm

I was at Amicalola Falls this morning. The skies were cloudy and the temperature was about 60 degrees.  Stopped at the visitor center to say hello to my friends. One was sick. Hope she feels better soon. 

Headed to the lodge to park the car. This is an important part of what I do. I try to park it so folks will see the signs. One sign shares the 24/7 helpline phone number for the Alzheimer’s Association and one suggest getting involved with the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event, also with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Went in the lodge to say hello to staff. It’s always great to see them. Today, I had a surprise. I looked up and their she was. She had worked here before. She was always encouraging me. She would see me walk in the lobby, and run to give me a quick hug and tell me to always keep going. We all miss her.


I started walking and then jogging and covered a few miles at the top of the falls. The drizzle was beginning to make things a little slick.

No conversations about alzheimers disease today. I finished up and headed out of the park.

Wow, in 33 days I will leave St. Simon’s Island, Georgia and head west on foot.


Thank you

Although there are many paths up the mountain, one small step is the only way to begin the climb. And always remember you are not alone and there will be help along the way.”


Some help I knew of and some not.

Across the Land appreciates all of the help from everyone. We have all made a lot of impact in the fight with alzheimers disease. Here are a few impact points.

  • $34,000 donated to the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Over 60 television interviews that mentioned the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Over 100 newspaper interviews that mentioned the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Over 20 radio interviews that mentioned the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Gave out the 24/7 helpline to thousands of people
  • Shared a lot of information personally to caregivers that helped them deal with alzheimers disease

I ran a little, jogged a little more than ran, and probably walked the majority of the time. I’m not a public speaker, not a media relations kind of person and not a fund raiser and I am not a counselor. That may let some reading this, know how much help I received.

In reality, I ran, jogged and walked a lot of miles. Someone else did the rest. Again, to that someone, thank you for letting me be a part of working with you to help in the fight with alzheimers disease.

Awesome from England

I see her a lot going up and downs the stairs.


Jessica – trail runner & backpacker


at Amicalola Falls State Park

Awesome young lady. We spoke of alzheimers and Salomon shoes