Commonwealth Journal

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September 12, 2013

Sole Man

Bill Glass is walking from Chicago to Atlanta to increase awarness of ravages of Alzheimer’s

Somerset —

Looking at Bill Glass, knowing his story, you might expect he’s a member of the über-fit elite in modern American society, the type of person who might fit in a couple of half-marathons a week just for fun.
You’d be wrong.
“Not really,” said Glass when asked if he’s the type of fitness-centered person one might expect to undertake a 750-mile journey on foot from Chicago, Ill., to Atlanta, Ga.
“I started with about four months of planning, which included a lot of training, as well as walking as much as I could with a big heavy backpack on,” said Glass, 37. “I’m losing weight, I guess.”
A noble cause, but it isn’t the reason for Glass’ trek. Glass is raising awareness for the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease in today’s America, as an effort called “Flowers for Mom: Chicago to Atlanta Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”
Glass arrived in Somerset Tuesday, and stayed the night at the home of Adam and Tiffany Bourne, a local attorney and the Pulaski County Community Development Director, respectively. Glass was making his way through downtown when he passed by Commercial Printing downtown and decided he could stand to have a few additional cards printed bearing the website for his mission (act.alz.org/goto/flowersformom).
There, Glass met graphic designer Daniel Stroud, and asked where he could find a nearby spot to camp out for the evening. Stroud did Glass one better — he introduced Glass to the Bournes. It was only the second time on his entire trip that Glass has stayed at someone’s home rather than a campsite or commercial lodging.
“For them to open up their home to a complete and utter stranger ... they’re just a beautiful family,” said Glass, who added that he greatly enjoyed the conversations he had with Adam Bourne, himself an avid runner.

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