Archive for December, 2010

Quilters Finance Alzheimer’s Discovery!

With $30,000 from the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative researchers at the University of Michigan were able to create new molecular tools that show promise for cleansing the brain of amyloid plaques, implicated in Alzheimer’s disease!  The plaques — a hallmark of  the disease —are thought to contribute to cell death, leading to devastating  memory loss and cognitive decline.

Learn how quilters are stitching towards a cure. Read the AAQIUpdate blog!

December 13, 2010 at 12:41 am 6 comments

Mall Walkers Gather To Sing Happy Birthday

It was one of those moments that gives you goosebumps and a lump in your throat.

Arlene is a petite woman with gray curly hair who sits in the grouping of chairs between center court and Macy’s at Genesee Valley Center in Flint, Michigan every weekday morning. She smiles and waves at all the “mall walkers” who pass by. 

This morning about 50 of us came together to celebrate Arlene’s 90th birthday with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday! 

Yesterday her close friends set up a table at the other end of the mall and called people over to sign a giant card for her. Debbie and I printed off signs for people to wear on their shirts this morning as we walked so everyone would know about the celebration and where to meet and sing.

It was a delightful conspiracy! So many smiles and  knowing glances as we plotted. We made a lot of new friends.

Arlene seemed quite pleased with our impromptu serenade. She had a hug for everyone and gave us a few dance steps, too.

Hats off to Dionne, the store manager at JCPenney, who presented Arlene with a $100 gift card! 

What a great way to start the day!

December 10, 2010 at 11:25 am 14 comments

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