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