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.
Quilter Jannett Caldwell and her brother Gary Pennington visited Temple University to present two small “Name Quilts” to Dr. Chu and to Dr. Domenico Pratico. Dr. Chu will conduct her research this year. Dr. Pratico has concluded his AAQI-sponsored research and serves on our Scientific Advisory Board.
Jannett toured Dr Chu’s lab and met her research team. She shared with them that her grandmother, her mother, and now her oldest brother have Alzheimer’s. She also told them, “I hope your research comes in time, if not for my three daughters, then in time for my three grandchildren.”
Quilters Marge Farquharson and Dawn K. Forde visited Boston University Medical Center to present a small “Name Quilt” to Dr. Tsuneya Ikezu and his team. They shared AAQI quilts they had made and purchased.
Marge said, “As I reflect on the experience I can only be hopeful that with doctors and researchers as dedicated as Dr. Ikezu and his colleagues, there will be breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research. The grants the AAQI have given are so important to this mission.”
Dawn added, “I was filled with HOPE.”
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.