MyStory

In June of 2000 dad died with alzheimer’s. A few months later a bleeding ulcer put me in ICU for 4 days. My weight was approximately 272 lbs. Through prayer,  God was asked to intercede. The weight wasn’t his fault, so I promised to get in good shape and give back, if he would get me out of the hospital alive.

Using a food pyramid diet, aerobics, light resistance and abb workouts took off 118 lbs.

On June 1, 2012, “Across the Land.” started. It was designed to give back. 

2013 – I started at Skidaway Island State Park near Savannah, Georgia and traveled to Monterey, California. 2,594 miles were on foot, 458 were in a car.

2014 – I ran, jogged and walked 3,500 miles inside the boundaries of Amicalola Falls State Park in North Georgia. The car, with her signs, was always parked to be seen by visitors. I wore easy to see alzheimer’s clothing. People approached and awareness was raised.

2015 – I drove and ran from Savannah, Georgia, to Goffs, California. I parked the car in advantageous places, wearing her signs, and drew attention to myself with my attire. Folks put the two together, approached me and awareness was raised. 

2016 – I started, on foot, at St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, with plans of traveling to the Pacific Ocean. On January 24th I became a full-time caregiver for mom. I  continue in that capacity, while at the same time I use social media to raise awareness concerning alzheimer’s.

Awareness concerning alzheimer’s has been raised in many ways. Most of these interactions were set up by the Alzheimer’s Association. Thousands of cards and bracelets with the 1.800.272.3900 helpline phone number on them, were given out.

Here is a partial list of some activities that raised awareness. 

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

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 us.

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.

Media
Across the Land appreciates everyone that set up the coverage, the reporters and the outlets. Special thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association for most of this. We worked at raising awareness with this.

Mariashriver.com – internet news

HLN – CNN – Atlanta, GA

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 Flyer.com – 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 Daily.com – 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

GHCA.int – internet news

1080plus.com – internet news

Daynews.com – internet news

California.com – internet news

SWTimes.com – AK – internet news

River Valley Leader.com – internet news

The Salinas Californian – Salinas, CA – newspaper

WTOC – television – Savannah, Georgia 

The Georgia Post – newspaper – Roberta, Georgia