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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


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“They do great, great care there,” he said of the center. “I spent about an hour talking to Kathy and (saw) they do an amazing job. They need to be publicized more. They’re a great non-profit organization that helps Alzheimer’s patients.”
Balltrip said the meeting went well and that Glass has had an “excellent idea” to help raise Alzheimer’s money and awareness. 
“By 2025, the incidents of Alzheimer’s in (Kentucky) will triple,” she said, “so we do need to have a broader conversation about the impact of Alzheimer’s in our community.”
Glass also said that Alzheimer’s is no. 6 on the list of the top 10 causes of death in America today, but all the other have gone down in death rates over the last decade — except Alzheimer’s, which has gone up.
“We don’t have a cure yet,” he said, “... but if we can get an initial diagnosis and get patients to where they’re medicated, it won’t cost the country as much.”
When Glass gets to Atlanta, he’ll be there to stay — he’s actually moving there to help take care of his mother, with his possessions already there in storage. He’s 37 days into his trip, and while his plans to make it to Georgia in 50 days may not be realized, it’s worth the delay.
“I’m stopping to let people tell me their stories, that may make (the trip) take longer,” he said. “I may talk to someone for about two or three hours about the turmoil they went through with this disease. ... I’m doing this for you. I’m doing this so you don’t have to go through the anguish that our family has gone through with this disease.”

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