I Just Wrote A Check for $30,000!

March 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm 26 comments

The biggest check I've ever written!I just wrote a check for $30,000 and it felt GREAT—as soon as my heart stopped racing and I made sure I spelled all the words correctly. That much money, well, I don’t know about you, but I get a little tense.

Writing checks to pay for Alzheimer’s research is the best part of my duties as Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.  I know there are some organizations who can give far more than we can and would consider a check for $30K a piddling amount. But I know how we earned it: one quilt at a time. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was, and how grateful I am that quilters throughout the United State (and beyond) made this grant possible.

Dr Lim accepts AAQI check from AmiThis is the AAQI’s third research grant that we have funded directly and it is our largest one to date. This was also the first time I was able to hand deliver the check.

On Friday Debbie Chenail (AAQI Treasurer) and I drove to Ann Arbor, Michigan to met Dr. Mi Hee Lim and her research team at the University of Michigan. We brought several quilts from the current traveling exhibit, “Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece” along with five of the completed “Name Quilts” from the next exhibit, “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope.”

It was VERY emotional.I explained that for most AAQI supporters, fighting Alzheimer’s is a personal struggle. We have/had family members and friends with the disease and we have seen the devastating results. Every stitch in every quilt is made with purpose and with hope, and now that hope rests with these talented and dedicated scientists.

"Our" research team.The team which will soon begin work, financed in part by the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, is from left to right: Joseph Braymer, Dr. Mi Hee Lim, Nathan Merrill, Jung Suk Choi, Nicole Schmidt, Yihong Liu, and Alaina DeToma.

They hope to create a new class of molecules that will be used as chemical probes to better understand the role of metal ions in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease and to hopefully create therapeutic agents for metal-ion chelation therapy. Godspeed!

If you would like to support the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, there are 28 Ways You Can Help. For now I’m going to rest my check-writing hand and go make another quilt.

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  • 1. Gerrie  |  March 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Congratulations, Ami! This is an amazing accomplishment.

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  • 2. jan rodgers  |  March 17, 2010 at 9:12 am

    How wonderful that you’re committed to sharing the joy and the reward with all of those who’ve been inspired by your leadership and have contributed to your cause. Thanks!

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  • 3. Mary L.  |  March 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Congratulations, Ami! I’m sure you felt very proud to turn over that check (as well as a tiny bit bittersweet). But also the crew that received it must now know how important their work truly is to many, many individuals to worked to raise that money.

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  • 4. Barb Murdock  |  March 17, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Congratulation, way to go!

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  • 5. Myrna, Maggie's mommy  |  March 17, 2010 at 9:28 am

    The world gets better and better by your efforts! Thank you.

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  • 6. Ruth Garrett  |  March 17, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Wow! What a thrill! :-)

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  • 7. Shelli  |  March 17, 2010 at 9:31 am

    That is wonderful and a big THANK YOU to all of you who helped her in this very important cause.

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  • 8. ssk  |  March 17, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Wonderful! I’m not in a position to bid right now, but I did spread the news and a couple of friends now own beautiful quilts. I’ve also recommended your blog so they know they aren’t alone in their dealings with loved ones suffering from this terrible disease.

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  • 9. Bid Drake  |  March 17, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Fabulous!!!

    One little quilt at a time, we too can help in the fight.
    It’s gratifying to be a tiny part of your wonderful efforts!

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  • 10. Katie  |  March 17, 2010 at 11:12 am

    What a wonderful way to start the day. Congratulations big time!!! (@:

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  • 11. Barbara Czeschin  |  March 17, 2010 at 11:15 am

    As a mother all I can say is your mother is smiling down on her wonderful daughter. Great job.

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  • 12. Sandra  |  March 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Ami, you ROCK! The quilters and friends of quilters and friends of friends of quilters who follow and support you and the “cause” ROCK as well! Perhaps we can conquer this terrible disease one stitch at a time……

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  • 13. Suzi  |  March 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Congratulations! This is a wonderful thing you and all the quilters are doing. It may seem small but it may be the chink that puts the research over the top someday. Hopefully very soon. Keep up the good work…

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  • 14. Nancy Nelson  |  March 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Congratulations, AMI. I am happy to have been part of the project and will continue to do so. My Alzheimer’s quilts are living on my dining room wall for all to see and I see them every day.

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  • 15. Cindy Cooksey  |  March 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    How exciting! I feel so great to be a small part of this. Thanks, Ami, for all you do.

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  • 16. Merrie Jo Schroeder  |  March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Congratulations! Thank you for allowing me to contribute to the fight against Alzheimer’s through creating quilts! It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

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  • 17. martha  |  March 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you for “taking us along” for the presentation and introducing the researchers to us. :)

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  • 18. Kathi  |  March 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Congratulations, Ami! As a quilter and staff educator where I teach folks about this dreadful disease every day, I applaud you and your fellow quilters – YOU ROCK! Thanks (although I think I would have heart failure writing a check for that amount!)

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  • 19. Nancy  |  March 18, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Congratulations to you and everyone who helped to make this wonderful donation a reality! Your mother would be so proud!

    We never know when Alzheimer’s is going to touch us personally. My mother was diagnosed with it last month.

    Thanks again for all of your fundraising efforts!

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  • 20. Suzanna  |  March 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Godspeed indeed! May their results come quickly!
    This disease robs us of our loved ones long before their bodys quit. A cure, or a least better treatments are needed sooner, rather than later. Thank you for all your work, effort and support.

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  • 21. elizabeth travis  |  March 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    FANTASTAC! You do such a nice job. Thank You.

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  • 22. LindaK  |  March 19, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Thank you on behalf of both of my grandmothers and my dad. My grandmothers have finished their journey and my dad is a couple of years into his. Thank you.

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  • 23. JoAn Godfrey  |  March 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    i saw some fabulous priority quilts today at our gathering.
    one is a duplicate of one sold at the mennonite relief auction last fall for ……………$500
    it is fantastic. more with unusual shapes, styles and colors. can’t wait for them to come up for bids.

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    • 24. amisimms  |  March 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm

      Awesome! Can’t wait to see them!

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  • 25. Karen Scribner  |  August 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    What are they looking for? Is anyone looking for the causes? I don’t think there will be a cure. It is like concrete, once it sets you can never go back. Creative thinkers need to be interviewing all patients (while they are still able to provide informatoin) and relatives.

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    • 26. amisimms  |  August 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm

      Yes, Karen, scientists all over the world are looking for the cause, as well as a way to slow the disease and ways to reverse it. And, as you suggest, there are many epidemiological studies that are ongoing also. Eventually there must be a breakthrough.

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