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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 blog post

14,379 miles for the total project in 1193 days

Up early and headed to Gilmer County. Parked the car next to the newspaper office, near the courthouse. Headed out towards Gordon County on 76. Raining and the road has a small shoulder and lots of curves. Not worried about me, main concern was in surprising a driver with my presence and causing someone to get hurt. After about four miles I made the decision to turn back. Back four miles, still raising awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association all the way. Eight miles today, in the rain. Proud of these eight miles.

I was able to confirm that two newspapers printed our story and included the 1.800.272.3900 24/7 Helpline phone number in the article. This call will be answered by trained counselors for the Alzheimer’s Association.This, of course, made my day.

A few folks stopped and offered me a ride. I said no and explained that, especially today, I needed to do this.

Got a friend in Arkansas that says she will keep on keeping on. She’s tough.

My mom just keeps going and going and going.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s are all getting near.

I hope that you get to do what it is that you were meant to do.

Jack Fussell

August 24th 2015 – 1:40 pm blog post

I met up with Robyn Matthews at Mercy Care in Rome, Georgia. Robyn is with the Alzheimer’s Association. We chatted a few minutes in the parking lot and went in the facility.
Here is a picture of Robyn.


August 24th 2015 - Rome, Georgia - Robyn Matthews - Alz

Mercy Care is an awesome place. They provide Adult Day Health, Senior Employment, Grands Who Care and Caregiver Support.


August 24th 2015 Mercy Care in Rome, Georgia

Said so long to Robyn and drove to 5th Avenue Health Care in downtown Rome, Georgia. Met Margaret Geho. She expressed the team effort at the facility.


August 24th 2015 - 5th Avenue Health Care in Rome, Georgia

Dropped by the local newspaper to thank them for covering this project, to raise awareness, in their newspaper.


August 24th 2015 - Rome, Georgia

Spoke with several people that have a connection with alzheimers disease and one in the post office in Holly Springs that has a friend whose husband has early onset alzheimers.

It’s about the caregivers Jack !!

August 23rd 2015 9:35am

Raining here. Thunder in the distance. Sitting on the front porch and thinking about resuming the trek around Georgia tomorrow.


August 23rd 2015 in Holly Springs, Georgia

Things are a deep green here. 70 degrees this morning.

Feeling very thankful for who and what I have in my life.

My daughter participated in a 5k last night in Roswell, Georgia. She had a good time.

Ian Sharman was the first person to cross the finish line at the Leadville Trail 100 last night. He finished in 16 hours and 33 minutes.

Thanks for reading this blog.

August 17th 2015 blog post

I am in Holly Springs, GA. I am not on my trek “around georgia”

My son is visiting for a few days from Europe. Spending time with him, his wife and three children has been a pleasure.

I read some sad news this morning about a man in Leadville, Colorado. Here is a link to the article. This is concerning the racing events.

I may be back on the trek by Wednesday. I’m not sure yet.

Spending a good part of the day indoors, using Google to learn more about alzheimers disease.

Here is a link to the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter that speaks of “Support Groups”

Thank you for reading my blog.

The lady at the convenience store in Bartow County

I locked Wilson down. Went in the store to pick up a Dr. Pepper. The lady asked what I was doing. After my explanation, she told me of her connection. He has had alzheimer’s for awhile. He walked outside awhile back, got in his truck and drove south. The sheriff stopped him because he was traveling the wrong direction. He had an emergency note with him. The sheriff’s office called the number and the family went and picked him and his truck up.

His mom died a couple of years ago and he lost some stability with her death.

What is “around georgia” ?

The state of Georgia has 159 counties. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates around 130,000 people, in Georgia alone, are suffering with alzheimers disease. They further estimate that by 2025 that number will skyrocket to over 190,000. That means we have a lot of caregivers in Georgia now, and that number will continue to grow during the coming years. Caregivers tell me the job grows harder every day, because of the progression of the disease and how the stress of caregiving can harm the health of the caregiver.

The Alzheimer’s Association has a 24/7 Helpline. My job is to go through all 159 counties and tell as many individuals as possible, 4 pieces of information. The Alzheimer’s Association …..

1. cares about them.

2. wants them to know they are not alone.

3. has real and tangible help

4. can be accessed through their website or the Helpline.

The website is http://www.alz.org and the Helpline phone number is 1 (800) 272-3900 That phone number will be answered by a trained counselor for the Alzheimer’s Association.

This is what folks will see in all 159 counties

This is what folks will see in all 159 counties

Thank you Cherokee Ledger News

Thank you Kayla Darnley for writing the story. Thank you Kathryn Ingall for being the photographer. I appreciate the newspaper and both of you. You two were both pretty darn awesome.

Kayla Darnley and Kathryn Ingall

Kayla Darnley and Kathryn Ingall

The Cherokee Ledger News - August 5, 2015

The Cherokee Ledger News – August 5, 2015

These awesome folks put the 1.800.272.3900 phone number in the article. Someone may see the number, call it, and get help concerning alzheimers disease.

What can they do ?

She is 51 years old and her husband is 53 years old. They both work full time jobs. Each month after paying their bills their is not much money left.

Her mom has been diagnosed with alzheimers disease. Her mom can’t be alone anymore.

She needs to pay someone to watch her mom so she can continue to bring in the income they barely squeeze by on. She can’t ask her husband to watch her, because he brings in part of their income too.

Her mom’s small social security check will pay for her food and sitter for about a week.

She can’t put her in a nursing home because their is not enough money for that from her mom’s income.

This is a reality being played out all over America. Yes their are answers. Coming up with answers will be time consuming and take some expertise in different areas.

This family is beginning a long hard struggle with many twist and turns.

They can start by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 1.800.272.3900 and asking for help. This is the phone number for the 24 hour helpline. It can be called 7 days a week. The phone call will be answered by trained counselors.


August 3rd, 2015 around georgia notes

This is a part of my blog post from Friday.

Spoke with several Alzheimer’s Association staff members today. I phoned them to say hello.

I’ll call the other offices Monday.

I spoke with Alzheimer’s Association staff members this morning from the Tifton and Columbus chapters.

Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Tifton, Dalton and Columbus

Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Tifton, Dalton and Columbus

August 1, 2015 around georgia notes

Back at my daughter’s house for the weekend. I was up to early. That has become normal for me.


Amy, Todd, Tyler, Ethan and I headed to breakfast.

Not Running today. Planning for the next week. Lots of phone calls to make.


Also studying the sheet the Alzheimer’s Association emailed me.


Struggling more than I would like. Working to clarify what I want the Georgia trip to look like. 159 counties here. I don’t enjoy making constant changes. I think of it as a weakness, but maybe it’s a strength.


My journey is in Bartow County. I am in Canton, GA for the weekend. Monday I will be dropped off at the Cracker Barrel on GA 20 and I-75 around 8:45 am. After Bartow I will head to Floyd County.