February 21, 2013

On foot for Alzheimer’s

Man on cross country trek expected in Dalton today

From Staff Reports

— Jack Fussell wants people to not only be aware of how prevalent Alzheimer’s disease is, he wants people to donate for a cure.

The 62-year-old fitness phenomenon said he’s endured several nearly life-ending experiences, including being run over by a car when he was 3 and suffering from a severe bleeding ulcer when he was 50. Once he was released from the hospital 12 years ago, he made major lifestyle changes to improve his health, lost about 100 pounds and built up his stamina going up and down the stairs at Amicalola Falls State Park.

On June 30, 2000, according to his website, acrosstheland2013.com, Fussell’s father died from Alzheimer’s disease. Fussell is currently making a trip on foot from Georgia to California to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Regional Office Administrator Donna Voyles said Fussell expects to be at the Dalton office between 2 and 4 p.m. today as part of that trip. He’ll be coming from Fort Mountain and will be available to talk with people about his journey.

The office is at 922 E. Morris St. in Dalton. Fussell hopes to raise $250,000 by the time he reaches California.