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 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.
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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 will leave St. Simon’s Island on January 1st, 2016 and WALK northeast and get on U.S. Highway 80 in Dublin, GA. From Dublin I will go west on 80 all the way to Dallas, TX. In between St. Simon’s and Dublin I will pass the cemetery where my dad is buried.
My mom lives about 1/3 mile off of U.S. Highway 80 in Roberta, GA. My nephew Scott lives on 80, about 1/2 mile from her. That will, I think, be an unusual feeling, to WALK to mom’s from St. Simon’s Island.
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.
14,700 miles for the total project in 1231 days
Headed to ABAC to participate in the Tifton Walk to End Alzheimer’s event.
They let me speak a few minutes. I met Bonnie. Her husband has early onset alzheimers disease. She spoke too. I enjoyed her message.
Made new friends and saw lots of old ones.
This was a great walk.
Heading towards some milestones.
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14,694 miles for the total project in 1229 days
Headed to Amicalola Falls.
Would have ran here in Cherokee County, but I wanted to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at the park. Coral Hospitality asked me to attend. I appreciate them asking.Today was the official opening of the top of the falls since the work was completed.
On the 2013 trip across America on foot, Brenau University contacted me and interviewed me. I was on the road. It was a great interview. After I returned I ran into these ladies. They were part of the interview team.
Today I was fortunate to meet their teacher. Pretty cool.
I ran into Andrea Buzeta and we chatted on the ascent to the top of the falls. She is inspiring to me.
I spoke with Ron Brown for a few minutes. He provides shuttle service for outdoor enthusiasts.
10 miles covered today, that I will count. Stairs, single track and paved road.
Chatted and walked with a young man that lost his precious baby boy to leukemia. Scientists don’t understand the exact causes of leukemia. It seems to develop from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.(Mayo Clinic)
Yesterday, I spoke via phone with Dr. Steve Barger. PhD. We spoke of research money and possible cures. He is with the Reynolds Institute on Aging, at the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock, AR.
Had a few conversations concerning alzheimers disease today, at the park.
14,684 miles for the total project in 1228 days
In the Appalachian foothills again. Amicalola is my home. I love the scenery, the sounds and the staff.
24 miles today. Mixed it up. Lots of single track today. Climbed some. The trails are in good shape. In North Georgia their are lots of roots an rocks to negotiate. If you don’t, you’re on the ground bleeding. It was hammer time today and I pushed it. I felt good.
Look at these leaves already.
BOB showed up in the form of sport utility model.
Great conversations today.
The Alzheimer’s Association was well represented at the set up and the walk.
Larry Sikes (volunteer)
The walk was held at Modern Gas on SR 520.
I spoke with several walk participants. Some lost their connection, some just starting the long journey.
On my visit to Albany last November I visited the DOCO Credit Union. I spoke with a couple of folks today that I remember from that meeting.
Here are a couple of pictures from today.
The weather was a little iffy, but that worked out well.
I spent the night in the home of Dan Phillips.
Lots of people attended the walk. The Alzheimer’s Association allowed me to speak for a few minutes.
14,556 miles for the total project in 1217 days
Headed to Amicalola Falls early. Mark Lein and I went, on foot, to High Shoals Baptist Church and turned around and came back. We were in the rain constantly. We walked and talked about a lot of things. We got back to the lodge and had lunch. We both did a great job of eating healthy. Mark headed home and I headed to Holly Springs. Here is a picture of us from a few weeks ago.
Keri Roetin put a picture on Facebook that made me emotional. Here is that picture.
Keri is my honorary granddaughter.
While I was in the visitor center, a lady about my age walked by and looked at me and said “thank you for what you do”
The staff of Coral Hospitality were awesome to me and hundreds of other guests today.