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ALZHEIMERS ART QUILT INITIATIVE
February 1, 2011

I am a Registered Nurse in a setting that treats a mostly Geriatric population and have seen the devastation first-hand that Alzheimer’s can create, in the patient, in the family, in the other caregivers. And as the population grows and as more people develop Alzheimer’s, we will no longer have a large enough population of “healthy” individuals to care for them. Then what will we do? We need a cure, and we need it now.

Ami Simms and the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) started out by making quilts “piece by piece” to try to make a small impact in the area of Alzheimer’s research. Little did she know that as a quilt grows "piece by piece" so did the quilting community’s involvement in AAQI and Alzheimer’s research until they actually made a huge impact; currently the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative has raised approximately $500,000 and one of their grants went to the University of Michigan and helped fund a new breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research that was published in the Dec 3, 2010 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. And a quote from Ami says it all: “Every stitch in every quilt is made with purpose and with hope. We now have proof that what we do with a needle and thread can truly make a difference."

So as the quilting community continues to help, and as the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative continues to grow, we will find a cure for this terrible disease, one quilt at a time.

The Great!

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

I cannot even begin to express how elated I was to read about the medical breakthrough from the University of Michigan. And to think, it all started with one small hope from someone with a really big heart, Ami Simms.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes in AAQI. How many other non-profits earmark 100% of their donations to research grants? What I would like to see is more and more people become involved by making and buying Priority Quilts.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

100% of its proceeds go to fund research. All "staff" are volunteer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Our Quilt Guild brought an AAQI exhibit to Dallas to display and raise awareness. I personally forward Ami's emails and updates regarding AAQI to non-quilters so they have the opportunity to help through purchasing quilts or donating money.