December 11th, 2015, an important day . . . . .

The $300 to $350 million increase is still alive and may be decided upon by mid December. Continuing resolutions avoided the government shutdown.

That is a good thing.

No cure for alzheimers yet.

Breastfeeding and alzheimers?

Yesterday, because of the signs on the Bobomobile, a man walked up to me and told me to go read about colostrum.



the first secretion from the mammary glands after giving birth, rich in antibodies.

Google it and the word alzheimers together.

My Favorite quote . . . . .

This became known to me because of my friend Mark Lein.

“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 love this quote.

Beautiful stream or is a dam about to burst

He said alzheimers is kinda like having a dam crack and it seeping near a village below. Some of the villagers think it’s just a small stream, but some know the dam has cracked and will get worse. The ones that know where the water is coming from have a responsibility to the village to make everyone aware. You know, raise awareness

Negative, or reality?

I have a friend that I have sat with many times and spoke about alzheimers disease. He always listens and seems interested. This has been going on for probably two years.

I am not sure why, but I chose the other day to speak to him about the incontinence, the violence, the money problems, the family problems that go along with alzheimers. He told me it was depressing. He told me he had no idea of that stuff. He told me he had no idea it was so horrible.

I depressed him and made him aware at the same time.

He said later that he appreciated me letting him know.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 blog post

14,615 miles for the total project in 1220 days

10 miles today.

Feeling fine after the 41 miles yesterday.

I saw a couple of Facebook posts from Matt Lein. Got up, got dressed up and drove north to Amicalola Falls State Park. His post’s inspired me, so I went. Then I ran.

Found out a friend is gone.

Monday, October 5th, 2015 blog post

14,605 miles for the total project in 1219 days

At Amicalola Falls to cover 41 miles in honor of my daughter’s birthday. Made myself a deal. The deal was I would stop and speak to anyone that wanted to speak and not rush them. I accomplished both. Started around 7:15 am and finished around 9:00 pm. Climbed a little over 6000 feet. Mark Lein did the last 15 miles with me. I had a lot of encouragement from park staff during the day. The staff told visitors about the effort and some visitors encouraged me.

From the time I arrived at Amicalola until the time I drove off I took around 110,000 steps.

Lots of conversations today and although I felt a sense of urgency, I did not show it. Top priority is listening.

Met a man with terminal cancer. He encouraged me. He encouraged me a lot. Here is his picture.


Here’s a picture of Mark and me.


Mark has a great affect on me. My energy level seems to rise immediately, when he shows up. My self esteem seems to rise immediately, when he shows up. Mark is my friend.

This was a good day.

May be a alzheimers patients thought ?

I have alzheimers disease. I am afraid. I noticed it myself, before you did. The diagnosis has been made. You asked me for the keys, to our car, and I handed them to you.

Lately, I have been thinking about what you will go through. It seems like it will be hard.

I don’t know what to do about all of this. Sometimes I wish I could just go away quickly.

Thank you for talking with me about it. You have been a great friend. I always tried so hard to not ever burden you. In fact, I took pride in trying to help you with your burdens. Now, look at this.

I’m very sorry this is happening. I just don’t know what to do.

Sunday, October 4th, 2015 blog post

14,564 miles for the total project in 1218 days

Stayed in Cherokee County today. Got in a few miles here.

Getting some interesting perspective on research. When the money comes, it sounds as though the scientists have some promising paths to go down.

Heading to Amicalola Falls tomorrow to cover at least 41 miles. Got a few folks coming to do a little of it with me.

Going to keep talking, typing and traveling to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Things are sound now. Feeling strong, determined, and confident.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Jack Fussell

Polio and leukemia

I do not remember my cousin Suzy. When I was three, I think she was of a similar age and she died with polio. I do remember some hazy moments around that time. I remember talk of the iron lung. I remember some years later hearing my uncle Monroe speak of losing his daughter.

I remember a little about my cousin June. She died with leukemia. I remember standing beside my grandfathers store with her and throwing rocks at a 55 gallon drum. I remember her laughter.

Suzy and June both lost their battles to these two very horrible diseases. Those were times when scientists and doctors did not know much about either disease. Things changed drastically.

Doctors and scientists have always responded to needs. They find cures. They find treatments.That is what they do. They give hope and then follow that up with results.

Those doctors and scientists will do it again for alzheimers and many other horrific diseases.