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On June 30 of 2000 dad died with Alzheimer’s disease.

His death, unbeknownst to me at the time, was the birth of “Across the Land” and that was the name given to a project to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The official start date of the actual mission was January 12, 2013 and goes on to this day.

2013

This Journey began as an every foot on foot trip. Here is how it went.

I began the journey on January 12, 2013 at Skidaway Island State Park and ran, jogged, walked and talked to Kingman, Arizona, got in a car and rode to Paso Robles, California. At Paso Robles I got back on foot and walked to Monterey, California. The focus was to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

I was on foot for 2594 miles and in the passenger seat of a car for 458.

The states involved were Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

2014

This years event was held in the confines of Amicalola Falls State Park and it went on for approximately 200 days. The focus was to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.

We were on foot for approximately 3500 miles.

The car was parked, the bright shirts were worn every day and the running, jogging, walking and talking went on for 8 to 12 hours every day.

2015

This event began as an every foot on foot journey. Here is an explanation of how it transpired

The focus of this years event was to raise awareness concerning the Alzheimer’s Association.

We drove from Tybee Island to Goffs California.

We parked the car in heavy foot traffic areas and ran, jogged, walked and talked.

The states involved were Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and California.

2016

This years event began at St. Simons Island and ended less than a month later when I became a 24/7 caregiver.

2017

The caregiving continues. Social media is a pacifier that allows me to continue learning and sharing about Alzheimer’s.

This year saw me letting myself down as far as health matters were concerned.

2018

Yep, the caregiving continues and social media’s importance continues.

The focus on Alzheimer’s is now sharing time with a focus on Down syndrome.

My health once again becomes a major priority.

Quotes

“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

“I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Helen Keller.

“Good humor matters, optimism matters, but we cannot write the rules of life, and sometimes courage and resilience will matter most of all” Jennifer Worth

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway” John Wayne

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“Action is a great restorer & builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps yours actions will be successful; perhaps different actions will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” Norman Vincent Peale

“If you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon that little shall be much” Hesiod

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it Helen Keller

“It’s okay if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire.” Colette Werden

“There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your truth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself ‘It all depends on me’ “ Andre Gide

“You are entitled to whine every so often. We all do. What makes you stronger than most is your will to keep those feet moving. Most don’t.” Mark Lein