I had never been asked to do the impossible. Fortunately, many angels showed up. Though challenged and often doubtful, we got it done. For 1107 days, we did the work.
For my dad and the millions of others that passed away with Alzheimer’s.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me” Erma Bombeck
This is an abridged account of my full time advocacy. This account covers the time from January 12th 2013 until January 24th 2016.
The first step was taken near Savannah Georgia.
The mission was to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.
The first few months were spent on a continuous walk from Savannah to Kingman Arizona. The picture below is worth a thousand words.
Following the 9 state walk, for several months, a state park in north Georgia was my home. The car in the photo below was parked in a conspicuous place. My job was to be seen and speak with folks that approached me.
After that, hundreds of runs were made using the car, my shirt and sometimes the stroller. This method was used in several states.
The stroller, the car, and my clothing seemed to attract folks.
During this time there was media coverage from local television, newspaper, radio and magazine. There were meet and greets and one on one meetings.
Many of the nights were spent in senior care facilities, donated motel rooms, private homes and a tent.
The last step was at mom’s door. The full time job was over. I stood in the warmth of mom’s kitchen, in running clothes, and realized I was now a caregiver.
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My dad passed away with Alzheimer’s disease in a nursing home in Jesup Georgia.