Who is Jack Fussell? On January 12, 2013, 62-year-old Jack Fussell began his run across America in a personal quest to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. Fussell left Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah, Ga. and arrived in Monterey, Calif. in August. Fussell ran in memory of his father, whom he lost to Alzheimer’s disease in 2000. This journey was a celebration of life for Fussell. When he was just three years old, Fussell was run over by a car and told he may not live. Just one year after his father passed away, he was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and told he only had one year left to live. It was at this time that Jack decided to turn his life around and commit to a healthy lifestyle. As a result, he lost over 100 pounds and has been training for this trip for the last 10 years. Perhaps you have seen him at Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville, Ga. where he frequently treks up and down its challenging staircase trail. Round trip to the falls is 1,208 stairs and Fussell has personally conquered that flight 50 times in one day!
Like so many unfortunate families, Fussell understands the challenges and difficulties that come with this disease, and that is why he made the decision to embark on this ambitious journey.
“Alzheimer’s is devastating,” Fussell says. “It’s hard for the individual that is diagnosed, but it’s really the families and caregivers that struggle the most. Not only do people need to donate to this cause, but they need to know how serious it is.”
5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Every 68 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed. The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter serves more than 200,000 Georgians living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research and promotion of brain health, and to enhance care and support for all individuals, their families and caregivers. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death with no cure or treatment to slow its progression.
Fussell raised over $27,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. To learn more about his journey and read his personal story visit http://www.acrosstheland2013.com/.