Our thanks to Larry and the Brunswick News newspaper.
I received an email from Larry, requesting an interview for the newspaper. Brunswick is the area where I will start walking across America on January 1st. I gave him a call and we talked. I asked him if he would include the 1.800.272.3900 phone number, in the article and he said he would. That’s a big accomplishment for us. It’s what makes us feel like we have done our work. He asked for a picture and we sent him one.
The Brunswick suscribers will see that picture, with an article, and it will have the 24/7 helpline phone number included. Someone that sees the article may need help. The phone number is 1.800.272.3900. The phone call will be answered by a trained counselor for the Alzheimer’s Association.
December 2nd, 2015. 9:52am
15,000 miles for the total project in 1275 days
Yep, 29 days left until I leave.
Goal – go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on foot.
Along the way I want to raise awareness about alzheimers disease and share the 24/7 helpline phone number at the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Although there are many paths up the mountain, one small step is the only way to begin the climb. And always remember you are not alone and there will be help along the way.”
Some help I knew of and some not.
Across the Land appreciates all of the help from everyone. We have all made a lot of impact in the fight with alzheimers disease. Here are a few impact points.
- $34,000 donated to the Alzheimer’s Association
- Over 60 television interviews that mentioned the Alzheimer’s Association
- Over 100 newspaper interviews that mentioned the Alzheimer’s Association
- Over 20 radio interviews that mentioned the Alzheimer’s Association
- Gave out the 24/7 helpline to thousands of people
- Shared a lot of information personally to caregivers that helped them deal with alzheimers disease
I ran a little, jogged a little more than ran, and probably walked the majority of the time. I’m not a public speaker, not a media relations kind of person and not a fund raiser and I am not a counselor. That may let some reading this, know how much help I received.
In reality, I ran, jogged and walked a lot of miles. Someone else did the rest. Again, to that someone, thank you for letting me be a part of working with you to help in the fight with alzheimers disease.
Met her at the lodge. From Florida. Here on a Christian retreat. We spoke of alzheimers disease and our awesome Veterans. God bless you young lady.
November 20th, 2015. 9:05am
On U.S. Highway 70 in 2013, a man in a dump truck stopped. We talked. A few hours after that, he stopped again and handed me a cold drink and a sandwich. Later he picked me up at the beginning of a horrendous electrical storm and let me out at a hotel.
His wife was a caregiver for a man with alzheimers disease. They were not kin to him. They were his neighbor. They knew he needed help.The husband helped also. Every time we have spoken of this, they get emotional. She went through all of the normal things a caregiver goes through with this disease, for a long time. She can’t bring him up without emotion. She said it was sad to see someone fade away.
They continue to bless me with phone calls and messages. They always ask about mom.
November 18th, 2015. 7:12 am
I was reading last night concerning the finding of insulin. For people with diabetes mellitus, the year 1921 is a meaningful one. That was the year Canadian physician Frederick Banting and medical student Charles H. Best discovered the hormone insulin in pancreatic extracts of dogs. On July 30, 1921, they injected the hormone into a diabetic dog and found that it effectively lowered the dog’s blood glucose levels to normal. By the end of that year, with the help of Canadian chemist James B. Collip and Scottish physiologist J.J.R. Macleod, Banting and Best purified insulin, and the next year it was used to successfully treat a boy suffering from severe diabetes.
I have had the pleasure of speaking to several scientists that are devoting their time to finding a cure for alzheimers. They fascinate me because of their intelligence, patience and persistence.
My opinion is that we have the best of the best working on all sorts of theories to find a cure for alzheimers disease. Again, my thinking is their biggest obstacle is a lack of funds. Grants seem hard to come by and it is not because of the ideas the scientists have, but plain and simply, it’s the money flow from our lawmakers. We need a ground swell from the electorate or we need the lawmakers to realize the urgency and show leadership and appropriate the funds we need. Maybe a little of both.
Here is an excerpt from the Alzheimer’s Association’s website:
73 million voters have had a family member or close friend with Alzheimer’s disease
More than one-third, or 52 million American voters have provided care or personal assistance to a relative, friend or neighbor with Alzheimer’s
82 percent of voters nationwide are concerned about Alzheimer’s disease
87 percent of voters feel unprepared or only somewhat prepared to meet care needs of a family member who develops Alzheimer’s disease
The majority, 64 percent, of voters would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who has pledged to support a major national research effort to fight Alzheimer’s
November 14th, 2015. 11:55am
Perfect weather for this event and a perfect setting. It was held at the Rome Braves baseball stadium. There was a very large crowd and they were excited! Here are some pictures.
Walk to End Alzheimer's in Rome, GA
Walk to End Alzheimer's in Rome, GA
I’m thinking that a lot of hard work when into this walk, both from the Alzheimers Association staff and the volunteers. All of the folks out there were so awesome.
Thank you for reading my blog.
November 11th, 2015 11:26am
Been using Google and searching for trends concerning alzheimers.
It seems the group of folks that felt that maybe alzheimers was not really a disease is dwindling.
It seems the group of folks that think we should be looking at the role of other organs of the body is growing.
Most in depth articles still point to the biggest problem being funding for the research.
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It is NIH policy that the results and accomplishments of the activities that it funds should be made available to the public. PIs and funding recipient institutions are expected to make the results and accomplishments of their activities available to the research community and to the public at large.
If I understand correctly, and I think I do, sharing research is paramount. It can save millions of dollars, but most importantly, possibly millions of lives.
The National Institute of Health requires sharing if you use the money they distribute.
I was reading about the responsibility they have. I noticed 1 in particular. It says they are to be vigilant and point out the biggest health threats to America. They have focused in on alzheimers because they feel, with all things combined, it is the biggest threat to our stability, from a health standpoint, we have ever known. With that said, they are still having trouble getting the money they need for research that will find a cure. Ahh, yes, you bet those guys know it’s serious. We have to help the NIH convince the lawmakers that we need the $2 billion a year, for the next 10 years. The scientific community says with $20 billion, we will find a cure.