(BURTON, MI -- March 31, 2008) Quiltmakers across the country are donating 2" x 6" patches of purple fabric to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). On the back of each patch they are inscribing the name of a family member or friend who has or had Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. These patches are available to groups hosting the "Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece
" quilt exhibit who wish to hold special ceremonies to raise awareness. At the conclusion of the ceremony, participants are invited to pin the patches on each other and wear them throughout the day to honor and remember the 24 million individuals worldwide who have Alzheimer's and their families.
"The idea of the purple patches was conceived by Pastor Mary Pauluk," said Ami Simms, Founder & Executive Director of the AAQI. "It was the culmination of the Interfaith Service at the American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (AAHSA) conference last year and was incredibly moving."
The Purple Patch Project Coordinator for the AAQI is Alexis Durham. “Having lost the entire paternal side of my family to Alzheimer’s, the AAQI’s efforts excited me. Each purple patch represents someone taken by this relentless disease and I am witness to the piles of patches growing almost daily…I am supporting the AAQI’s fundraising efforts in any way I can to slow and finally halt this merciless killer,” says Alexis Durham, on why she volunteered.
Any shade of purple fabric (cut 2” x 6”) is acceptable. On the wrong side of the fabric, write the first name of someone who has or who had Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. (Last names are also welcome.) Use a thick black marker so it can be read easily. It's okay if the ink bleeds to the front, or white fabric can be fused to the wrong side of the patch. All patches should be mailed to Alexis Durham, 9900 Wilbur May Pkwy, #3404, Reno, NV 89521. More details can be found at www.alzquilts.org/purple.html.
The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research for Alzheimer’s disease. "Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece
" and the Purple Patch Program
are two of its efforts. The AAQI has raised and donated more than $157,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of AAQI and curator of the exhibit. Her mother has Alzheimer’s.
For more information on the AAQI, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m – 3 p.m. Eastern), firstname.lastname@example.org or www.alzquilts.org.
Ami Simms (Ami@AlzQuilts.org
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509
Images from "Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece
" and the AAQI logo are available for download