AAQI Awards $135,000 for Alzheimer's Research


(Burton, Michigan) – September 10, 2013: The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) awarded two grants totaling more than $135,000 for Alzheimer's research. Temple University received $75,000 for research to be conducted by Dr. Jin Chu and Boston School of Medicine received $60,560 for research to be conducted by Dr. Tsuneya Ikezu.

These are the 16th and 17th grants the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative has awarded since it began in 2006. These grants are made possible, in large part, by the money raised from the sale of donated quilts. To support the AAQI's mission by purchasing a quilt, visit www.alzquilts.org/quiltsforsale.html

Small wall quilts stitched by AAQI Board member Kathy Kennedy-Dennis of Houston, TX were presented by AAQI supporters to Dr. Chu and Dr. Ikezu last month. Each quilt contained 54 names of people who have or had Alzheimer's or a related dementia representing the 5.4 million American's living with Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI has raised more than $954,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006. It hopes to reach $1,000,000 raised for research by the end of this year. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Her mother had Alzheimer’s. This is the last year the AAQI will be fundraising.

For more information about the AAQI or to make a donation, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern), ami@alzquilts.org or www.alzquilts.org.


Ami Simms
Founder and Executive Director
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509
(810) 637-5586