Category Archives: milestone

July 16, 2018 Milestone

The miles were measured many different ways . . . pedometer, Map my run, Map my walk, S1, Google Maps, Road signs, measuring tracks and then counting laps and the Charity Miles application.

18,000 miles (approximately) on foot since June 1, 2012.

The miles took me through 17 states.

Approximately 5000 miles were covered pushing my jogging stroller.

I’m extremely Grateful to be able to do what I do and even more Grateful for all of the help I have had.

Here’s a silly picture . . .

Milestone June 11 2018 Special Olympics

I enjoy reaching special places such as the 500th mile mark for the Special Olympics. The actual number after todays miles is 514. It feels good and I appreciate the Charity Miles folks for their application. The app makes it easy.

Resting on my laurels for a few minutes.

Milestone – 6 years of counting the miles

I’ve learned to be thankful for every minute, because they all matter, and so do the miles.

The counting began June 1 2012, six years ago.

It’s such a blessing to be able to run, jog and walk over 17,750 miles, and it’s brought incredible people into my life.

Here’s a picture from this morning and it was taken on U.S.Highway 80 near Geneva, Georgia.

This October will be my 68th birthday. Something, on a constant basis, tells me to keep going.

Here is a quote that feels right . . “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

Miles on feet – May – 2018

  1. January – 118
  2. February – 124
  3. March – 173
  4. April – 129
  5. May – 159

Year to date – 703

The miles are important to me. They raise money for the Special Olympics and they help me Keep Going, it’s exercise.

another new path begins tomorrow

In our so called “Raising Awareness” concerning Alzheimer’s campaign, some clarity has presented itself. I’ve realized the person whose awareness has been raised most, is mine.

Alzheimer’s and even normal cognitive loss has been part of my families life a long time, and continues to be. Down Syndrome has touched the lives of several of my friends, so it touched me. This road trip was about meeting with some very dear friends that have a beautiful boy that was recently born with Down Syndrome.

I’ve been reading about the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and Down Syndrome, about the longer and stronger lives that people with Down Syndrome are leading, and about families that have, as a team, removed many of the limitations placed on folks with Down Syndrome, and been very successful.

Beginning tomorrow morning, I will use what time is available to me, to stay fit, keep mom safe, finish some projects, and raise my awareness level concerning Down Syndrome.

I am but a high school graduate that can read, has intuition just like everyone does, and wants to make someone else’s life better.

In this blog, beginning today, references will always be used and pasted in the article, and anyone that reads the blog will know when it’s simply my opinion.

Retired page – about the Alzheimer’s Project

Dad passing away with Alzheimer’s disease, my ICU stay, subsequent weight loss, and a few Goals later, Across the Land started. The start date was June 1st 2012 and the full-time part ended January 24th 2016. The mission was to raise awareness concerning alzheimer’s disease.

The full time Running, Jogging, Walking and Talking for Alzheimer’s lasted for almost 3 years and 8 months. Each meeting, visit and mile had a clear cut objective, raising awareness.

This history is here so the Milestones will be remembered. Some of the numbers are precise, the ones that could not be, are estimated on the low side.

From June 1st, 2012 until January 24, 2016 we ran, jogged, walked, drove and talked to raise awareness concerning Alzheimer’s disease.

Here is some of what we accomplished.

  • over 15,000 miles on foot
  • over 25,000 miles in a car
  • in 16 states
  • over 50 television interviews
  • over 100 newspaper interviews
  • over 20 radio interviews
  • 6 magazine interviews
  • spent the night in over 40 senior care facilities
  • met hundreds of senior care facility professionals
  • gave out over 3000 cards and bracelets
  • 29 meet and greets
  • visited 4 research facilities
  • visited over 20 Alzheimer’s Association Chapters
  • met over 100 Alzheimer’s Association staff members
  • attended 9 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events
  • met 4 Governors, 2 Lt. Governors, 2 Secretary of States, 1 State Senator and 4 Mayors
  • met 5 world class runners, 1 professional football player and one actress
  • met over 4000 caregivers
  • over $40,000.00 raised for the Alzheimer’s Association
  • use social media . . . Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, Charity Miles and Instagram

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The Bobomobile is a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina

Wilson is a Bob Revolution SE Jogging Stroller. Wilson was out on the road with me for over 4000 miles.

Met John O. Agwunobi, MD, MBA, MPH served as the 12th Assistant Secretary for Health from December 17, 2005 to September 4, 2007.

Met Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal.

Met Arkansas’s Governor Mike Beebe

Met Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin

Met New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez

Met South Carolina Lt. Governor Nick Theodore

Met Arkansas Lt. Governor Mark Darr

Met Oklahoma Secretary of State Larry Parman

Met Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin

Met Oklahoma State Senator Brian Crain

Interviewed by and featured on their website.

Was invited to stand and be acknowledged in the Senate Chamber of the Great State of Oklahoma for raising awareness concerning alzheimers disease

Presented with the Arkansas Traveler by the Secretary of State Mark Martin

Met Steve W. Barger Ph.D at the University of Arkansas Medical School

Met Michael Zuwada Ph.D at the University of Arkansas Medical School

Met Sue S. Griffin Ph.D at the University of Arkansas Medical School

Met Jordan J.N.Tang Ph.D at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Met Huntington Potter Ph.D at the University of Colorado Denver

Presented with a proclamation from Mayor Richard J. Berry stating July 2, 2013 as Jack Fussell Alzheimer’s Awareness Day in Albuquerque, NM

Presented with the Points of Light Award for November 6, 2013. It was signed by Tracy Hoover, the President, Points of Light and signed by President George H.W. Bush, Honorary Chairman, Points of Light

Presented with a proclamation from Mayor Teresa Pike Tomlinson stating June 17th, 2015 as Jack Fussell Day in Columbus, GA.

Presented with the Key to the City of Tifton , GA by Mayor Jamie Cater.

Ran with Jordan Turner and his dad and met the men’s and women’s cross country team at Reinhardt University in Waleska, GA. Jordan is the coach. Some of the team ran with me also.

Ran with Jeff Turcotte and the cross country team from St. Pius High School in Albuquerque, NM

Received a formal invitation to tour St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. I lost two cousins to leukemia years ago when the treatment was nothing like it is today.

Another very very special thing that happened were the invitations to visit over 60 senior care facilities. I was invited to rest at around 40 of those. What an honor that was for me. I never turned down even one invitation.

Here is a partial list of media coverage . – internet news

HLN – CNN – Atlanta, GA

Health News Florida

Marietta Daily Journal – Marietta, Ga – newspaper

Cherokee Tribune – Canton, GA – newspaper (1)

Cherokee Tribune – Canton, GA – newspaper (2)

Georgia News Network – John Clark – radio (1)

Georgia News Network – John Clark – radio (2)

Georgia News Network – John Clark – radio (3)

Georgia News Network – John Clark – radio (4)

Georgia News Network – John Clark – radio (5)

The Walton Tribune – Loganville, GA – newspaper

Times Courier – Ellijay, GA – newspaper (1)

Times Courier – Ellijay, GA – newspaper (2)

Pickens County Progress – Jasper, GA – newspaper (1)

Pickens County Progress – Jasper, GA – newspaper (2)

My West Canton Monthly – Canton, GA – magazine

My East Canton Monthly – Canton, GA – magazine

Sixes Living – Canton, GA – magazine

Atlanta Best Self – Atlanta, GA – magazine

Atlanta Journal – Atlanta, GA – newspaper (1)

Atlanta Journal – Atlanta, GA – newspaper (2)

Fox 5 Road Warrior – Atlanta, GA – TV

DNR – Atlanta, GA – TV

WXIA – NBC – Atlanta, GA – TV (1)

WXIA – NBC – Atlanta, GA – TV (2)

Fox 5 – Fox – Atlanta, GA -TV

104.7 – the FISH – radio

Dawsonville News – Dawsonville, GA – newspaper

Living Healthy – Dawsonville, GA – magazine

WFXG – Fox – Augusta, GA – TV

The Tybee Times – Tybee Island, GA – newspaper

WJCL – Fox – Savannah, GA – TV (1)

WJCL – Fox – Savannah, GA – TV (2)

WTOC – CBS – Savannah, GA – TV

Statesboro Herald – Statesboro, GA – newspaper

WGXA – Fox – Macon, GA – TV

Macon Telegraph – Macon GA – newspaper (1)

Macon Telegraph – Macon GA – newspaper (2)

13WMAZ – CBS – Macon, GA – TV

Sirius-XM – Phlash Phelps Phunny Pharm – radio

Times Courier – Ellijay,GA – newspaper

Tifton Gazette – Tifton, GA – newspaper

WLTZ – NBC – Colombus, GA – TV

WRBL – CBS – Columbus, GA – TV

Walker County Messenger – newspaper

Daily Citizen News – Dalton, GA – newspaper

WBLJ – Dalton, GA – radio

WLAQ – Rome, GA – radio

CBS46 – CBS – Albany, GA – TV

WALB – ABC – Albany, GA – TV

Fox31 News – Albany, GA – TV

WJCL – ABC – Savannah GA – TV

Times Courier – Ellijay, GA – newspaper

Wade Caldwell Interview 1, 2 , 3 , & 4

North Jackson Progress – Stevenson, AL – newspaper

Hartselle Enquirer – Hartselle, AL – newspaper

The Moulton Advertiser – Moulton, Al – newspaper

Huntsville Times – Huntsville, Al – newspaper

WAFF – NBC – Huntsville, AL – TV

WHNT – CBS – Huntsville, AL – TV

WAAY – ABC – Huntsville, AL – TV

AL.Com – Huntsville, AL – web newspaper

ABC3340 – Birmingham, AL – TV

Daily Corinthian – Corinth, MS – newspaper

WLOV – Fox – Tupelo, MS – TV

WTVM – ABC – Memphis, TN – TV

WREG – CBS – Memphis, TN – TV

Fox 13 News – Fox – Memphis – TV

KWAM 990 – Memphis TN – radio

WMC5 – NBC Memphis, TN – TV

Memphis – Memphis TN – magazine

The Best Times – Memphis,TN – internet news

The Echo at UCA – Conway, AR – newspaper

Times Record – Fort Smith, AK – newspaper

Heritage High School News – Bentonville, AK – newspaper

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, AK – TV

KUAF 91.3 – NPR – Fayetteville, AK – radio

KVOM – Morrilton, AK – radio

Times Herald – Forrest City, AR – newspaper

Times Courier – Forrest City – newspaper

Lonoke Democrat – Lonoke, AR – newspaper

University of Arkansas Medical School – Little Rock, AK – newspaper

Arkansas Democrat Gazette – Little Rockk

KTHV – CBS – Little Rock, AR – TV (1)

KTHV – CBS – Little Rock, AR – TV (2)

El Reno Tribune – El Reno, OK – newspaper

101.7 KKZU – Elk City, OK – radio (1)

101.7 KKZU – Elk City, OK – radio (2)

KWON – Bartlesville, OK – radio

KTUL – ABC – Tulsa, OK – TV

KUAF 91.3 – Tulsa, OK – radio

Tulsa World – Tulsa, OK – internet news

Community Spirit Magazine – Tulsa, OK

Choctaw Times – Tulsa, OK – newspaper

OU – Norman, OK – university news

KFOR 4 – NBC – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

KOKC – Oklahoma City – radio

Arkansas Technical College – Russellville – TV

The Canyon News – Canyon, TX – newspaper

Amarillo Globe News – Amarillo,TX – newspaper

KTRK – ABC – Houston, TX – TV

KAMR – NBC – Canyon, TX – TV

KV11 – ABC – Canyon, TX – TV

ABC7 – ABC – Amarillo, TX – TV

KKOC11 – NBC – Grand Junction, CO – TV

Big98.5 – Albuquerque – radio

KRQE – CBS – Albuquerque, NM – TV

Sequoyah Times – Sallisaw, Oklahoma – newspaper

News Herald – Lake Havasu, AR – newspaper

KCBA – Fox – Monterey, California – TV – internet news – internet news – internet news – internet news – AK – internet news

River Valley – internet news

The Salinas Californian – Salinas, CA – newspaper

Here is a partial list of the places visited.

These places take care of some of our seniors, and they are in no certain order. Most of these allowed me to spend the night in their facility.

  1. Arbor House Assisted Living – Mustang, Oklahoma
  2. Rainbow Assisted Living – Bristow, Oklahoma
  3. Green Tree Assisted Living – Sands Spring, Oklahoma
  4. CrestPark Nursing Home and Rehab – Forrest City, Arkansas
  5. Grandview Nursing Home – Jasper, Georgia
  6. Lake Havasu Nursing Center – Lake Havasu, Arizona
  7. Legacy Nursing Home and Rehab – Fort Smith, Arkansas
  8. Ozark Nursing Home – Ozark, Arkansas
  9. Lonoke Nursing and Rehab – Lonoke, Arkansas
  10. Wood Dale – Dalton, Georgia
  11. Palmilla Senior Living – Albuquerque, New Mexico
  12. Oklahoma Veterans Center – Clinton, Oklahoma
  13. Touchmark at Coffee Creek – Edmond, Oklahoma
  14. Epworth Villa – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  15. Prairie Winds – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  16. Easter Seals Adult Day Care – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  17. Lingenfelter Center for Alzheimer’s Care – Kingman, Arizona
  18. Cottages at Qual Creek – Amarillo, Texas
  19. Weatherford Assisted Living – Weatherford, Oklahoma
  20. The Point at Kirbyville Gate Assisted Living – Memphis, Tennessee
  21. Methodist Hospice Home – Memphis, Tennessee
  22. Gentilly Gardens – Statesboro, Georgia
  23. The Suites at Cypress Pond – Tifton, Georgia
  24. Southern Care Assisted Living – Tifton
  25. The Blair House – Macon, Georgia
  26. Culpepper Place – Fayetteville, Arkansas
  27. Prairie Winds – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  28. Summerhill a Senior Living Community – Perry, Georgia
  29. Legacy Heights Retirement Center – Van Buren, Arkansas
  30. Magnolia Gardens Assisted Living – Muskogee, Oklahoma
  31. Grace Living Center – El Reno, Oklahoma
  32. The Peaks – Flagstaff, Arizona
  33. Clarity Pointe – Knoxville, Tennessee
  34. Woodhaven Senior Living – Trenton, Georgia
  35. Brookridge Cove – Morrilton, Arkansas
  36. Willow Pond Senior Care – Statesboro, Georgia
  37. Sequoyah Manor – Sallisaw, Oklahoma
  38. Senior Star at Woodland Terrace – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  39. Senior Star at Burgandy Place – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  40. Roberta Health Care Center – Roberta, Georgia
  41. Eastview Nursing Home – Macon, Georgia
  42. Macon Rehabilitation and Healthcare
  43. Providence Health Care – Thomason, Georgia
  44. Carlyle Place – Macon, Georgia
  45. Flint River- Macon, Georgia
  46. SkyWest Assited Living – Canyon, Texas.
  47. Jan Wernersville Adult Day Care – Amarillo, Texas
  48. Benton House, Dublin, Georgia
  49. Antebellum Arlington Place – Macon, Georgia
  50. Taylor County Health and Rehabilitation- Butler, Georgia
  51. Gilmer Nursing Home – Ellijay, Georgia
  52. Ross Woods Adult Day Services – Dalton Georgia
  53. Cameron Hall – Ellijay, Georgia
  54. Country Cottage Assisted Living – Corinth, Mississippi
  55. Fox Ridge Assisted Living – Little Rock, Arkansas
  56. Sunrise Senior Living – Monterey, California
  57. Morningside Assisted Living – Decatur, Alabama
  58. Senior Community Services – Santa Rosa, New Mexico
  59. Dogwood Creek Assisted Living – Muskogee, Oklahoma
  60. Cedar Plantation Assisted Living – Metter, Georgia
  61. Outreach Alzheimer’s Center – Albany Georgia
  62. The Cottages of Camel – Carmel California
  63. Riverside Health and Rehabilitation – Thomaston Georgia
  64. Savannah Commons Retirement Community – Savannah Georgia

Walk to End Alzheimer’s events

  1. Statesboro, Georgia
  2. Statesboro, Georgia
  3. Atlanta, Georgia
  4. Blue Ridge, Georgia
  5. Jellico, Tennessee
  6. Rome, Georgia
  7. Dalton, Georgia
  8. Tifton, Georgia
  9. Albany, Georgia

Alzheimer’s Association Chapters

  1. Savannah, Georgia
  2. Macon, Georgia
  3. Tifton, Georgia
  4. Columbus, Georgia
  5. Atlanta, Georgia
  6. Dalton, Georgia
  7. Huntsville, Alabama
  8. Memphis, Tennessee
  9. Knoxville, Tennessee ●
  10. Little Rock, Arkansas
  11. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  12. Fort Smith, Arkansas
  13. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  14. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  15. Amarillo, Texas ●
  16. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  17. Pueblo, Colorado
  18. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  19. Denver, Colorado
  20. Grand Junction, Colorado
  21. Monterey, California

● Did not actually make it to this office, but met with staff there


  1. Skidaway Island State Park – Georgia
  2. George L. Smith State Park – Georgia
  3. Hard Labor Creek State Park – Georgia
  4. Amicalola Falls State Park – Georgia
  5. Fort Mountain State Park – Georgia
  6. Chickamauga National Military Park – Georgia
  7. Cloudland Canyon State Park – Georgia
  8. James H. Floyd State Park – Georgia
  9. Great Smoky Mountain National Park – Tennessee/North Carolina
  10. Greenleaf State Park – Braggs, Oklahoma
  11. Kasha – Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument – New Mexico

Colleges and Universities

  1. Georgia Southern – Statesboro, Georgia
  2. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College – Tifton, Georgia
  3. Kennesaw State University – Kennesaw, Georgia
  4. Reinhardt University – Waleska, Georgia
  5. The University of Alabama Huntsville – Huntsville, Alabama
  6. University of Memphis – Memphis, Tennessee
  7. University of Arkansas Community College – Morrilton, Arkansas
  8. Arkansas Tech University – Russellville, Arkansas
  9. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Little Rock, Arkansas
  10. University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Arkansas
  11. Hendrix College – Conway, Arkansas
  12. University of Central Arkansas – Conway, Arkansas
  13. Oklahoma State University – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  14. Oral Roberts University – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  15. University of Oklahoma – Norman, Oklahoma
  16. Redlands Community College – El Reno, Oklahoma
  17. Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine – Las Cruces, New Mexico
  18. New Mexico State University – Las Cruces, New Mexico
  19. University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, New Mexico
  20. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus – Aurora, Colorado
  21. West Texas A & M University – Canyon, Texas
  22. South Georgia College – Douglas, Georgia


  1. Georgia
  2. South Carolina
  3. North Carolina
  4. Alabama
  5. Mississippi
  6. Tennessee
  7. Arkansas
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Texas
  10. New Mexico
  11. Arizona
  12. California
  13. Nevada
  14. Utah
  15. Colorado
  16. Kansas

This project was a compilation of a lot of work from a lot of people.

Milestone – from seniors to little guys begins today

On March 25th, 2013, as we exited St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, a thought occurred, a thought that would someday come to fruition. It was about kids.

5 years and 9 months of my life has been spent, very willingly, raising awareness concerning Alzheimer’s disease. 3 years and 8 months of that, it was full time work, as a volunteer. 2 years and 1 month had me part time, still as a volunteer, continuing on for Alzheimer’s, and glad for every day, every hour, every minute. Becoming a caregiver for mom was the catalyst for the change in the amount of time spent.

Today, March 21st, 2018 is a New Beginning for my focus.

It will take some time to change, but like everything else, especially for me, it will be a work in progress.

My focus will shift to children.

High on my list is to raise my awareness concerning Down Syndrome. I have inspiration for this, inspiration that has beautiful names, beautiful faces.

Carol, Harriet and Logan.

Milestone – Charity Miles

If we do the work, we reach the Milestones. We gain strength from each one. It’s a time to celebrate.

The Charity Miles application says they have record of me going over 5000 miles, as of today.

“When you have a life milestone happen, it’s good to step back and reassess the things you thought you knew about yourself.” Emily Yoffe

Charity Miles is fun, it’s an anchor, a good thing.

It helps a Charity, help folks.

a new direction for me personally

Throwing the Starfish back in the water, to me, is a metaphor for helping 24/7 caregivers that have no family or friends that can help, and no money to pay for it.

Folks that are out raising awareness told me of a memory cafe and an alzheimer’s outreach center that are helping a lot of folks.

Some of my time will be used finding resources for caregivers, that may need help, and sharing it with them. Time will be spent also learning how to find those caregivers that may have a need for the information.

The link below will take you to the “Starfish Story,” on this blog.

Milestone for Across the Land 

The cars have been 25,000 miles in 16 different states. The signs in the picture below, were there for every mile.(well, signs just like them) They did the Work. Hundreds of conversations were started by their presence. In my opinion the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event is a very important gathering of folks helping in our global fight with alzheimer’s disease. The 24/7 Helpline is a Godsend.

The signs are in a place of honor with “Wilson” the stroller.

Here’s a list of the states I drove in.

  1. Georgia
  2. South Carolina
  3. North Carolina
  4. Tennessee
  5. Alabama
  6. Mississippi
  7. Arkansas
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Texas
  10. New Mexico
  11. Arizona
  12. California
  13. Utah
  14. Nevada
  15. Colorado
  16. Kansas