On Monday, July 20th, 64-year-old Jack Fussell began a new journey dedicated to Georgia and will run through every Georgia county in a personal quest to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease.
“I simply want to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the Alzheimer’s Association to everyone I possibly can,” says Fussell. “I feel as if I have a purpose to do so and I am so lucky to be able to do this for the many people suffering from this disease.”
Fussell is doing this in memory of his father, whom he lost to Alzheimer’s disease in 2000. This marks his third long distance running trip.
“This will be the most exciting journey for me to run through my home state of Georgia”, says Fussell. “ I can’t wait to see my fellow Georgians, as they give me so much encouragement to continue my heart felt mission to spread the word about Alzheimer’s to as many as possible”.
Fussell was recently recognized by Maria Shriver on mariashriver.com as an “Architect of Change”. http://mariashriver.com/blog/2015/03/running-across-america-to-spread-awareness-for-alzheimers-jack-fussell/
and recently received a Proclamation from the City of Columbus.
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!
Beginning on November 6th, 2014, Jack will begin his second trip Across the Land. He will leave from Tybee Island, GA and arrive in Monterrey, CA. The Alzheimer's Association is excited to support him on his second journey, and we hope you will, too!
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.
In 2014, Fussell raised over $27,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, and he hopes to surpass this amount in 2015. To learn more about his upcoming journey and read his personal story visit www.acrosstheland2015.com.