Alyssa & Greg
Anna and Maria in memory of dad/father
Becky Kirk in memory of my husband Jim
Bill in honor of my mother
Bob and Lisa Duensing
Charles Pritchett in honor of Dr. Clyde Pritchett
Chris and Jeanne Etherton
Christy Soeken & Family
Citizens for Quigley, Inc.
dennis n Chudacoff
Ed & Donna Cripe
Ed & Elsa Roberts
For Bill's Mom.
For my dad, the most amazing Captain ever!
For my dad-in-law
From Ami, Alison, Hillary & Dana
Gerald & Judy Kilbride
Go Bill! Julie M
In Honor of Grandpa Lyle Attig
In honor of my grandmother, grandpa, and aunt
In honor of my sweet friend, Eileen Glass
In Honor of Virginia Coleman
in memory of my mother sally
Jackie and Barry O'Connor
Kelly & Christina Crabtree
Krista Elliott in honor of Harvey Moon
Mr. Brian Davenport
Mr. Mark Kopchynski
Scott and Lesa Brown and Family
Flowers for Mom...
Chicago to Atlanta Walk to end
Any time I explain to someone that Mom has Alzheimer’s I hear the same response almost every time..."I knew someone close to me that had/is suffering from Alzheimer’s, it's such a sad disease".
EVERYONE HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS HEART BREAKING DISEASE
I am walking from Chicago to Atlanta (6 states, 750 miles) to talk to as many people as I can as well as meeting with legislatures to raise awareness, money and increased government funding to support the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer's research so that in the future you will not have to suffer as my family has from this disease. I say you because this disease already affects you. How?....
- In 2013 Alzheimer's is expected to cost the nation $203 BILLION most of which is medicare and medicade costs for this disease.
- More of our nations money is spent each year on Alzheimer's than than the top two causes of death; no.1 heart disease and no.2 cancer COMBINED.
- One in every nine Americans ages 65 and older has Alzheimer's
- One in every three persons over age 85 is afflicted.
You will know someone that will die with Alzheimer’s
I am walking so that hopefully one day we can beat this. I cannot do this alone. I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the ones already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
As much as you can donate will help. If you can only donate $10.00, please do so! This may not seem a lot to you and you may think that it won't make a difference...It will. Think of it this way... I'm going to be talking to thousands of people.
- If you and only 99 others donate just $10.00, that's $1000.00!
- If only 100 people donate $50.00 that's $5000.00!
YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Mom (Eileen Glass) and my family did not deserve this horrible disease. Your family does not deserve to be afflicted by this horrible disease. When Mom was first diagnosed her biggest fear was not the inevitable. Mom's biggest concern was she knew what her family was about to endure. I'm walking so that in the future you and your family will not have to go through the years of daily pain and heartache this disease produces for families.
DO NOT LET THEM WALK ALONE
I'm walking to support Mom and all she has done for me. With everything she has done and gone through in her life for her family, friends, and everyones lives she has touched. I am also walking to support you and ALL people and families suffering from Alzheimer's to let them know they are not walking this path alone. I am walking with them. Will you please walk with them as well and donate to the Alzheimer’s Association. We need your help to find a cure to this terminal disease. Thank you in advance for your generosity – together you and I can walk out Alzheimer’s disease.
HOW ELSE YOU CAN HELP
Of course I'm not asking you walk 750 miles. Alzheimer's Walks are coming up soon. The Alzheimer's Association has walks in communities all over the country. I urge you to start or join a team of your own with your family, friends, co-workers, or make a company day of it and meet new friends. You can find Walks in your community on this website. You can also write, e-mail or talk to your local congressmen to increase government funding for research. If you can't find what you need, need help talking to your legislatures, have any questions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I can't answer your questions, I will find someone for you that can.
Why Flowers for Mom?
Mom had somewhat of a challenging life. As a kid, I would always pick flowers in the fields around the house to bring to her to cheer her up. Even if they were weeds she would always put them in a vase and set them on the dining room table or in the living room. I will be taking a single flower for her from Chicago. Even though it will be dried and dead by the time I arrive I'm sure she will still enjoy it. After I arrive I will pick her some fresh flowers that we can put in a vase to set on the table once again. Then, yes...she and I will probably go for a walk.
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Change in Number of Deaths Between 2000 and 2010 of Major Diseases:
Breast Cancer Down 2%
Prostate Cancer Down 8%
Heart Disease Down 16%
Stroke Down 23%
HIV Down 42%
Alzheimer's UP 68%
Read more alarming facts and figures regarding Alzheimer's:
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Special thanks to those who willingly contributed their time, resources and continuous support which made "Flowers for Mom...Chicago to Atlanta walk to end Alzheimer's" possible:
- Bethany Hein, Manager,External Relationships, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter, Chicago, IL
- Ellie Simpson, Manager of Athletic Events, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, Chicago, IL
- Jennifer Belkov, Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy, Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter
- Kevin Glass and Melissa Mercantel
- Mary Frieurmuth and family
- All the employees at the Helen Plum Library (Lombard, IL Public Library)
- New Balance Shoes
- The staff and nurses at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital: Dr. Wong, Kelly Lopez, Marge and Timmin
- GNC Glen Ellyn, IL 585 Roosevelt Rd., Thank you Jolly!
For those of you feeling extra generous I urge you to donate to
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org)
*Above stated statistics taken from the Alzheimers's Association, New England Journal of Medicine, the National Institue of Health and the American Cancer Society