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ALZHEIMERS ART QUILT INITIATIVE
May 27, 2010

I first heard about the AAQI when my sister encouraged me to submit a quilt for Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece. Our Dad had just been diagnosed with dementia and we both were interested in doing anything we could to support fundraising for research. To my surprise, my quilt was accepted into the show! I made a few Priority Quilts and was hooked on the 9x12 size because I could try something new and not make too big a commitment to it. It was fun, and my pieces were raising more money than I could ever hope to donate out-of-pocket. One day I was reading one of Ami's blog posts where she was asking for volunteers to help with editing and sizing pictures of quilts for the website. I volunteered and it snowballed from there - I saw many more things I could do to help the (at that time) fledgling organization and I jumped in with both hands and feet. The reason? I love the fact that this is a grassroots, all volunteer organization and there was no overhead or salaries taking a percentage of the money I raised. At a point where Dad's disease allowed me little I could do to help, I found solace in helping the AAQI raise money for research to cure a disease that leaves people helpless. I am a firm believer in the mission of the AAQI and will continue to help in any way I can.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've watched the AAQI grow and become a force in the fundraising efforts for dementia research and I'm happy to have a part in making that happen!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting people with similar goals from all over the country.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fabulous, generous, wonderful people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fund more research to find a cure for Alzheimer's.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I make quilts for shows and for sale on the AAQI website.