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what was the focus, with hindsight, of “Across the Land”

To give out the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline phone number to as many folks as possible. 

That was the focus on the road as I gave out cards and bracelets that highlighted that number. The television, newspaper, and radio interviews had the same focus, as did the signs on the car. That was the focus on social media. 

If you need help concerning alzheimer’s disease, take time to call 1.800.272.3900 anytime. The call will be answered by a trained counselor for the Alzheimer’s Association.

the states “Across the Land” worked in #ENDALZ 

  • Georgia 
  • South Carolina 
  • North Carolina 
  • Tennessee 
  • Alabama 
  • Mississippi 
  • Arkansas 
  • Oklahoma 
  • Texas 
  • New Mexico 
  • Arizona 
  • California 
  • Nevada 
  • Utah 
  • Colorado 
  • Kansas 

Research facilities we visited #ENDALZ

UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging in Little Rock, Arkansas

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The University of Colorado Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome in Denver, Colorado

how I feel about my work to #ENDALZ

Alzheimer’s is hard on families. As I took on the role of an advocate, I was untrained, ill prepared and started out with no knowledge of what was to come. Resources were lacking, so my efforts may have, at times, seemed insignificant. But remember, I have a motive. My dad, along with millions of other folks died with alzheimer’s disease. There is no cure, and there is no proven way to prevent it. The alzheimer’s patient and the caregivers may suffer for years. Money is needed for research, both to find a cure and ways to prevent it. Funds are also needed to search for “best practices” that may help the caregiver relate with and guide the patient. I started advocating when I saw a need. Because of my ineptness, this mission has slapped me around a bit but I am determined to see it through.      Jack Fussell 

P.S.     The paragraph above contains my feelings. I have struggled many times to record this. Only after reading the feelings of another advocate was I able to express my feelings on paper.

the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” events I have attended

  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • Albany, Georgia
  • Tifton, Georgia
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dalton, Georgia
  • Rome, Georgia
  • Blue Ridge, Georgia 
  • Jellico, Tennessee

the Alzheimer’s Association offices I visited

  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Macon, Georgia
  • Tifton, Georgia
  • Columbus, Georgia
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dalton, Georgia
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Amarillo, Texas.    ***
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Monterey, California
  • Pueblo, Colorado
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Knoxville, Tennessee.    ***

The *** are the places the Alzheimer’s Association and I worked together, but did not visit the office. 

Inspiration- Symbolic Runs

  • From Cherokee, North Carolina to Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Highway 441 (33 miles)
  • Petroglyph National Monument near Albuquerque, New Mexico  (15 miles)
  • Monument Valley, Utah on Highway 163 (10 miles)
  • West of Kit Carson, Colorado on Highway 40 (10 miles)
  • Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado  (20 miles)
  • The Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado  (20 miles)
  • Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, Colorado  (20 miles)
  • Leadville, Colorado  (40 miles)
  • Moab, Utah  (20 miles)
  • The Mojave National Preserve near Goffs, California  (10 miles)
  • To Britax Industries (Bob Stroller Company) near Fort Mill, South Carolina  (5 miles)

On all of these, the car was there, wearing her signs and I wore my Alzheimer’s clothing. We were raising awareness!

The Bobomobile – a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina

I would park the car in a very conspicuous place and then run, jog or walk. I wore the very easily seen Across the Land shirts and that was it. Within a few minutes folks would speak to me and I would listen mostly and share what I was doing. I gave out cards and bracelets with the Helpline phone number on it. It was a great way to raise awareness. I think people put the car and me together as one and well, this really worked well. Most of the folks I met this way had never heard of what we doing so this felt good to be reaching new folks.

P.S. In the Mojave National Preserve I only saw a pickup truck, couldn’t see the driver. I enjoyed being there.