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World Down Syndrome Day . a day to think about inclusion and acceptance

Someone told me that people born with Down syndrome need help.

Thinking about that made me realize something.

Looking back over my life it’s easy to see that help, from others, has always been a necessity. It began with doctors and nurses on October 8th, 1950 and continues on to this day.

Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends, teachers, to name a few, have provided help to me.

I was ran over, had pneumonia four times, broke an arm, had chicken pox at age 37, was in ICU four days and anemic most of my life. Someone helped me through those times, and it was costly.

Then something else occurred to me. I sat and thought of the lives of several friends and saw the same requirement for help in their lives as was needed for mine.

If I was in the same situation as friends of mine that were asked if they wanted to abort their baby that would be born with Down syndrome, my answer would be what their answer was . . . “No”, and that answer would come quickly.

the Starfish story again

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”

The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved. Adapted from a story by Loren Eisley

Hope he had a good life . . .

I walk a lot here in Roberta, and noticed a man in a pickup often, always waved. He stopped, we chatted, he had cancer. He thanked me for caring. We didn’t even exchange names.

Recently I noticed he wasn’t around anymore. I described him and his truck to a neighbor. Bad news, he passed away.

Wow, this type stuff shocks me . . .

He was a nice guy. We never know when stuff may happen . . .

I hope he had a good life . . . I’m glad we talked . . .

A New Beginning . . .

Today is March 11, 2019 and it’s time for a fresh start with this blog.

My next birthday cake will have 69 candles on it. My hope is to remain active, both mentally and physically for many more years and this blog will serve as a record of my thoughts as I take this journey.

January 2nd, 2016 blog post

Started at the Hardee’s on 341 and finished at Cowpen Swamp Creek.

I saw on this website that a donation was made to the Alzheimers Association.

Had dinner with Sid and Bobbie Sue.

Staying at Felton’s tonight.

Pictures from today.




5 folks stopped and spoke with me about the trip I am on.

Not as tired today as I was yesterday. No real pain..

The Brunswick News – Larry Hobbs

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.

Lieutenant Dan at Amicalola (stroller)

I took the stroller out today for some pictures. Runnng with one is an art form. Ask anyone that has done much of it. Anyway, here are a few pictures.




This is a BOB Revolution SE Jogging Stroller. I am mighty proud of it. It is affectionately named Lieutenant Dan. I use it to carry gear. It’s getting ready to roll about 2,700 miles.

29 days until I walk out of St. Simon’s Island

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.

Thank you

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.

Charlene – United States Army veteran


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.