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Date:4/30/2008

2008 Tour of Heartfelt Collection Begins Mother's Day Weekend

NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Susan McMullan Ledgerwood was only eight when her paternal grandmother, Mary Lou McMullan, passed away from Alzheimer's disease. But she remembers her grandmother's very last hug as vividly as if they were still clinging to each other in a nursing home in rural Mississippi in 1979.

"Her love for me was real," said Ledgerwood of Cushing, OK.

So real that it inspired Ledgerwood to gather photos, quotes and meaningful trinkets like an 1889 Victory Nickel from her grandmother's coin collection; attach them to fabric in her grandmother's favorite pink and green colors; and create a sentimental quilt panel in her memory.

As tempted as she was to keep the finished product, Ledgerwood instead contributed it, as she had planned, to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) Quilt to Remember.

The AFA Quilt to Remember is the nation's first grand-scale quilt composed of heartfelt panels from individuals and organizations across America that pay tribute to those who have or had Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, and their caregivers or healthcare professionals.

This Mother's Day, AFA is encouraging other families to craft panels for this powerful initiative to celebrate the lives of their loved ones while helping to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. The incidence of the disease is expected to triple to 16 million Americans by mid-century.

About three-quarters of the 100 panels submitted to the collection so far honor or memorialize women -- mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other special women like those who will be recognized this Mother's Day.

Fittingly, the 2008 tour of the AFA Quilt to Remember kicks off on Mother's Day weekend, May 9 to 11, with a display at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. From there, the massive arts project -- measuring the width
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