Around 1953, due to unfortunate circumstances, the car my dad was driving backed over me. The dirt driveway probably saved my life. The first prognosis was that I may never walk again, but I did.
Almost 60 years later, in 2013, I would attempt to run, jog and walk across America. The catalyst for the journey on foot would be the passing of my dad, with Alzheimer’s disease.
If you wish to read the history of what I consider pertinent, that led to my advocacy concerning Alzheimer’s, type “msmw” without the quotation marks, in the search box, and the posts will appear in reverse-chronological order.
The reporter and the photographer came out early to accommodate us. We appreciate it. The Cherokee Tribune had also provided coverage when we passed through this beautiful county in 2013.
Tyler and Ethan covered a little ground with me this morning.
I stopped at Fire Station 22 and one of the young men said “hi Jack” That was a surprise. It turns out that he is my friend on Facebook. It was great to meet him and 3 of the other firemen.
As I was nearing the Cherokee County Courthouse this young man wanted to know what my story was. We chatted a few minutes. It turns out that he backpacked from Springer Mountain, GA to Pennsylvania on the Appalachian Trail.
Yep, here it is. The picture of the Cherokee County Courthouse, Wilson and I.
Ended the day at the Georgian Hills Restaurant in downtown Canton, with Amy, Tyler, Ethan and grandma.
The temperature reached 90 degrees and the humidity was 48%. I was soaking wet from sweating.
The Cherokee Tribune is much appreciated for coming out. The 2 young ladies were awesome. The story the one on the left writes and the picture the one on the right took will raise awareness.
Finding them any way I can and letting them know people care, letting them know they are not alone and giving them a way to tap in to the Alzheimer’s Association for real help.
The Alzheimer’s Association was formed in 1980 and have amassed a huge amount of knowledge concerning alzheimers disease. Please call them and give them a chance to help you. The phone number is 1.800.272.3900 and you can call it anytime. Your phone call will be answered by a trained counselor for the Alzheimer’s Association.
If you know of someone that is dealing with alzheimers disease, please assume they need help and tell them they can call the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Alzheimer’s Accountability Act would:
Have scientists at the National Institutes of Health submit an annual Alzheimer’s research budget directly to Congress.
Identify the resources that scientists need to reach the goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.
Beginning to communicate with them on how best to give them information I gathered crossing the country.
Will I visit or we will we do it on the phone. We will work it out.
I stayed at a lot of nursing homes and assisted living homes.
I talked with a lot of people that need help.
It might not help, but it might. I will share my feelings with them and they can decide.
If you ever need help concerning alzheimers disease, please call:
According to statistics presented to us by the Alzheimers Association, every 68 seconds someone in America is diagnosed with alzheimers disease.
It’s affect is devastating. It sure seems like we need more research scientists.
We need more coordination among them.
We need a cure by 2020