When I left Savannah, GA in 2013, on foot, pushing a jogging stroller, I had no experience with that undertaking. I would end up running, jogging and walking 2,594 miles.
This post is about the help I received. Here is a list of the type of help. I posted this help as it came.
- the loan of a car before the trip
- dehydrated food
- food beside the road
- food in restaurants
- motel rooms
- gift cards
- running supplies
- the gift of a car
- any money handed to me always went to the Alzheimer’s Association
- (may have forgotten some)
After the trip I sat and relived it as best I could. I came up with a total. Never did I consider paying back the folks that helped. I wouldn’t even know where to look for most of them. They wouldn’t have wanted payback anyway. I contemplated and it came to me. I would pay back by giving to folks going long distances on foot or on a bicycle.
As of last week the payback is done. Here is a list of some of the help I provided.
- motel rooms
- gift cards
Payback feels right to me. I feel good.
In my opinion, recieving help out on the road like that is a “Tremendous Boost”
I have no regrets.
September 30, 2017 (4 days ago) was an important day for me. My firm decision was made to change the amount of time spent on the important aspects of my life. (in no particular order and not limited to these words)
- alzheimer’s awareness
- my health
- my future
As said before, social media has been a great tool to raise awareness, learn new things and make friends.
For now I will post once a week here (Wednesday) and it will automatically post on Twitter and Facebook. The post will be concerning alzheimer’s. I will be on Facebook on Tuesday and on Twitter Thursday.
Alzheimer’s disease brings many changes, as does normal aging. Mom and I both, of course, are getting older. The changes spoke of here have a direct relationship to the changes aging has brought.
“Birds sing after a storm, why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?” Rose Kennedy
He grew up as a farmer near Douglas, Georgia. He was on a destroyer in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war we moved from South Georgia to Fort Pierce Florida. He went to work for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and that is where he learned his craft. We later moved to Jacksonville and Dad opened his own business. After retiring, dad moved back to South Georgia. He had a bout with prostate cancer and he died with Alzheimer’s disease. He was a great provider and an awesome dad.
Some closure is needed. Some things need to be final. The numbers no longer matter to me, but recording what has occurred does. The final tally will be purposely low. These numbers will remain as put down on this day, August 12th, 2017. The mission was to raise awareness concerning alzheimer’s disease.
- over 5 years
- over 15,000 miles on foot
- over 20,000 miles in a car
- 16 states
- over $35,000.00 raised for the Alzheimer’s Association
- over 50 television interviews
- over 100 newspaper interviews
- over 20 radio interviews
- 6 magazine articles
- over 3000 bracelets or cards given out with the 24/7 Helpline phone number on them
- visited over 50 senior residence facilitis and met with patients, staff and family members
- visited 4 alzheimer’s research centers
- spoke with over 15 research scientists
- visited over 20 Alzheimer’s Association Chapters
- met over 75 Alzheimer’s Association staff members
- attended 8 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events
- I have no idea how many caregivers I met or how many alzheimer’s patients. There were many of both.
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The Epic Journey is over as of today, August 12th, 2017. My personal Facebook page will become just that. My blog will be used to write what I feel inspired to record. Twitter will be used in the same manner as the blog and will not automatically post into Facebook. The Across the Land page will remain operational and used sparingly.
The failures on the Epic Journey were mine, but the successes were ours.
I would never begin to thank anyone by name for fear of forgetting someone. I will say “Thank You” to everyone that helped.
My favorite Bible verse for the Journey was . . . “I can do all things through Christ, whom strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13
My favorite quote for the Journey was . . . When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me‘ Erma Bombeck
My “Epic Journey” is over.
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“The beautiful Journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” Steve Maraboli
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P.S. entered 11:28 am on August 13th, 2017
Sometimes we start an Epic Journey for one reason, but God has other plans.
This Journey was to tell caregivers that people care. It was to tell them of a way to reach out for help, and that they are not alone. It was to tell whomever would listen, a little bit about having alzheimer’s or of being a caregiver. It was to tell folks in our senior residence facilities thanks. It was to remind folks that lawmakers hold the purse strings that contain money for research. It was to express thanks to folks that helped send these messages. It was about thanking God for life.
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 have been retired. They’re in a place of honor with “Wilson” the stroller.
Here’s a list of the states I drove in.
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- New Mexico
He is 11 years old now, but was 10 when he started Marching Across America. He has Type 1 diabetes. Today he logged his 2000th mile.
I had the pleasure of meeting Noah several weeks ago, in Georgia. My awareness level, concerning diabetes, has been raised considerable. The inspiration he has provided for me can’t be measured. As I age, I sometimes think I can’t do certain things anymore. Because of his inspiration, and that of others, I will give my doubts second thoughts.
Somewhere between March 17th and the end of May, in 2012, I began raising awareness concerning alzheimers. I decided on June 1st, 2012 as the official start date. So 5 years is done. It has been extremely successful. There is more to come. Why do more? No cure yet!
My dad and millions of other folks died with alzheimer’s.
June 1st, 2017 will mark 5 years of full time advocacy concerning alzheimer’s disease.
In 2012, Mark Lein approached me on the ADA trail at Amicalola Falls. He stated that he had heard of my upcoming trip across America for alzheimer’s. He went on to say that both he, and his wife Janice, would like to put together a blog for me and teach me how to use it. He said they wanted to help. Flyline Search Marketing did build that blog, they did teach me how to use it, and a few minutes ago, the blog was viewed for the 250,000 time. Yep, that’s a quarter of a million hits.
Thank you. I am Grateful to Flyline. I am grateful to others that encouraged me to continue blogging and to those I blogged about. I am grateful for the viewers. I did my best and was honest. I hope readers sensed the struggles, because there were many and they came often. I appreciate WordPress and the WordPress community for accepting me.
250,000 is a big number to me.
Of course, the most important part of all, is the awareness it may have raised, and any help it lent.
My dad, along with millions of other folks, died with alzheimer’s disease.