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Sunday, September 28, 2008

For My Aunt Michele

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative: Raising Awareness & Funding ResearchWho has Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)Raising Awareness & Funding Research Through Art This cause is important to me since I have a dear aunt whose life is being altered rapidly due to this disease. The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Short Version The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is an Internet-driven, grassroots, totally volunteer effort to raise awareness and fund research through art. It was founded in January 2006 by quilter Ami Simms. Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2001. More than $157,000 was collected for various chapters of the Alzheimer's Association during 2006 and 2007 by the AAQI. In January 2008, the AAQI became a Michigan nonprofit corporation and will be funding research directly. The AAQI sponsors two major programs: a traveling exhibit of 52 quilts about Alzheimer's called "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" and the "Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt" project which involves the auction or sale of donated quilts no larger than 9" x 12". All profit is used to fund Alzheimer's research. To honor someone you know that has Alzheimer's by placing a purple patch on your blog or website click here To donate 2" X 6" purple strip to the organization click here For further information on how you can help, please visit their website.