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Sunday, September 21, 2008

World Alzheimer’s Day

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative: Raising Awareness & Funding Research

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. It is a day to remember the millions of people worldwide who suffer from this horrible disease. Ami Simms, an advocate for all those with Alzheimer's, has designed the virtual quilt patch to help raise awareness and honor all of the people who have/had Alzheimer's disease.

My purple patch is in honor of my mother-in-law who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago. She is getting to the point where she no longer recognizes most of her family members, doesn't remember ever being married or having children, grandchildren or great grandchildren. She is still able to live on her own with some assistance, but the day is fast approaching when we are going to have to make the decision to move her to a more supervised environment. I dread that day...

Ami is also the founder of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) which is a volunteer effort to raise awareness and fund Alzheimer's research through art quilts. Find out how you can help by visiting http://www.alzquilts.org/giftsthathelp.html.

Another way to help Ami in her efforts is to join in the Priority Hope Challenge that Tonya at Lazy Gal Quilting recently posted about. The deadline for this challenge is November 20th (which is right around the corner), so don't delay!

It doesn't take a great deal of effort from any one person to help and together maybe we can help the researchers and doctors find a cure for this horrible disease.


quiltingnana said...

It is heartbreaking to see loved ones digress through the diseas...my heart goes with you as I have been through it. Thanks for publicizing ways to support

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