I will push Wilson (stroller) out of my daughter’s driveway around 9:00 am tomorrow morning, July 27th, 2015. We will be heading to the Cherokee County Courthouse in Canton, Georgia.
I wanted to Run in Georgia to remain near my family. My mom is 87 years old. One of the Alzheimer’s Association staff members gave me the idea of running through every county in Georgia. She said I would run into a lot of folks out there that have problems because of alzheimers disease. She said tell them we care, they are not alone and to call our helpline at 1.800.272.3900 anytime.
The idea sounded good to a lot folks, including me.
I sat and thought and soon realized that every county has a county courthouse and I would use that as a reference point. I will Run from courthouse to courthouse through all 159 counties.
I will use the stroller. It will have the signs on it that say “Alzheimer’s Association” I will have cards and bracelets that have the 1-800-272-3900 phone number on them. That is the phone number for help with the Alzheimer’s Association. I will wear the brightly colored shirt that says “Alzheimer’s” on it and the ball cap. I will contact newspapers and ask them to share the story of what we are doing and have done and ask them to include the toll free helpline phone number in the story. When I Run by a radio station I will stop and ask if they will interview me on the air. I have done that many times and have never been turned down. I will contact churches and ask if they will share the helpline number with their congregation. If people start a conversation with me, I will listen and share the helpline phone number with them if it feels appropriate. Other ideas will come up along the way.
I will continue trying to learn all I can about alzheimers and the problems that arise because of it. I try not to push myself on people. I usually let people come to me and start the conversation and go from their. I don’t like being pushy. When it feels right, I always share what I think I have learned.
No goals for miles, no time limit, no push to do anything but keep myself healthy and raise awareness.
The Bobomobile (car) will stay with Ryan. It will have the signs on it. I ask him to drive it to work once a week so it will keep the battery charged and let folks know the helpline number and be reminded of the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”
On a trip such as this, I will be able to come home upon occasion and visit with family and friends and then head back out.
I Run for the Alzheimer’s Association. I am Raising awareness of the disease that took my dad and thousands of other awesome folks all over America.