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The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's.

Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.

More than 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, a progressive and degenerative brain disease that is robbing them of their memories, their life skills, their ability to reason, to learn, and eventually to take care of themselves. Alzheimer's is always fatal unless another disease takes one's life first. Quilters across the United States are threading their needles in the hopes of bringing a cure for Alzheimer's disease one stitch closer.

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