‘Lonesome Dove’ actors to reunite at autism benefit

Organizers of next month’s Pegasus Ball at the Fairmont have managed a mini-Lonesome Dove reunion.

Oscar winner Robert Duvall, who played Augustus McCrae in the TV film, will attend, and Barry Corbin, who played Deputy Roscoe Brown, will serve as celebrity host.

Rodeo star Larry Mahan will emcee the gala benefit for the Autism Treatment Centers of Texas.

via ‘Lonesome Dove’ actors to reunite at autism benefit | Dallas-Fort Worth Entertainment News and Events | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News.

Middle school student with Down syndrome to lead Buddy Walk in memory of camp counselors

Garden City, N.Y., seventh-grader Matthew Castellano will lead The National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk Sept. 25 that starts in New York’s Central Park. He’ll be with NDSS Ambassador John C. McGinley (from TV’s “Scrubs”), Chris Burke (from “Life Goes On), and others.

Matthew attends Camp Anchor, a Long Island town camp for youths and adults with a wide range of disabilities. Every camper at Camp Anchor (which stands for Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation) has an individual counselor. Three young Anchor Camp counselors were killed in a car crash on their way to work July 15 — and Matthew and his group will be walking for them in the Buddy Walk.

Matthew and his group hope to raise $3,000 in the Buddy Walk.

The NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society) has chosen Matthew Castellano, to be this year’s “Self-Advocate Ambassador” for the New York City “Buddy Walk” in Central Park. Matthew is a 7th grader at the Garden City Middle School and attends Camp Anchor in Lido Beach, NY. Matthew and his team will be walking for his beloved camp Anchor staff counselors, Michael Mulhall, Jamie Malone and Paige Malone who were in a fatal car accident on July 15th, 2010 on their way to Camp Anchor. He will lead the walk along with celebrities, John C. McGinley from the TV show “Scrubs,” Chris Burke from the former TV show “Life Goes On” and several others. Together they will salute the amazing event participants who have raised money and awareness in support of individuals with Down Syndrome.

Help kickoff the NYC Buddy Walk in Times Square where 200 photos of individuals with Down Syndrome from all over the world were selected from thousands of photo submissions for the 2010 NDSS Times Square Video. The Times Square Video will be shown on the “MTV Plasma Screen.” NDSS will provide transportation from Times Square to the NYC Buddy Walk site at “The Great Hill” in Central Park.

via Middle School Student To Be “Self Advocate Ambassador” | www.gcnews.com | Garden City News.

Naked Knitting for Autism

Knitters occasionally drop a stitch.

But when a whole clutch of them drops every stitch, then smiles for the camera and makes a calendar, that’s something else.

Meet, then, the women of Knotty Knitters, Pierce County’s own calendar girls.

Marsha Cunningham is their ringleader on this project, managing photos, design, sales and marketing. She’s also the grandmother of Josef and Mollee Cunningham, 7-year-old twins with autism.

The children are the inspiration for the 2011 Knitting Naked for Autism Calendar featuring eight Pierce County knitters and one from New York State, tastefully draped in knit goods. Except for the shot in which they’re standing behind a hedge, laughing and wearing only hand-knit hats.

via They bare (almost) all to help kids | Kits Merryman – The News Tribune.

Memories in Making art program for Alzheimer’s patients

Memories in the Making is an Alzheimer’s Association program that gets Alzheimer’s patients painting, often with remarkable results. Organizers say that Alzheimer’s patients often portray memories or feelings they’ve lost the ability to express. The Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association recently raised $190,000 at a fundraiser featuring the auction of Memories in the Making paintings, as the Denver Post reports here:

Sure, it would be nice to have something by Picasso or Van Gogh hanging on the living room wall. Problem is, an original is priced out of most everyone’s reach. Better, then, to make an investment that’s affordable, and in the end, much more meaningful.

That’s the story behind Memories in the Making. Hosted by the Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Memories is a sale of 70 paintings created by Denver-area residents with Alzheimer’s disease. The 20 works that a jury selects for live auction are matched with companion pieces done by such professional artists as Anne Aguirre, Peggy McGivern, Jill Soukup and Michelle Torrez; other professionals contribute decorated palettes, jewelry, fabric art andSeen Gallery View more pictures from social events around town in the exclusive “Seen” gallery.sculptures for silent auction.

The 15th edition of the sale raised $190,000 for the Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and was enjoyed by the crowd that filled the United Club Level at Invesco Field. Joanne Fisher is the event manager; Gwen Ippen serves as program coordinator.

via Alzheimer’s art sale raises $190,000 – The Denver Post.

Golfers play 42 courses in 24 hours for Alzheimer’s charity

We’ve seen a lot of golf fundraisers for Alzheimer’s — but this is fundraiser in northeast England is a lot of golf for Alzheimer’s!

FORTY two courses, 365 miles, 24 hours – that’s the novel challenge facing four plucky golfers.

Peter Simpson and three golfing buddies are aiming to play a hole at every course in Northumberland today.

Peter, the full-time manager and secretary at Alnmouth Golf Club, has organised the challenge to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, after his 87- year-old mum Florence suffered from dementia prior to her death last year.

via JournalLive – News – Today’s News – Golfers to play 42 courses in 24 hours for Alzheimer’s charity.

Florida girl raising money for Alzheimer’s with Cartwheel-a-thon

Here’s a story about a 12-year-old Florida girl is raising money to fight Alzheimer’s disease by organizing a “Cartwheel-a-thon.” Two of Ariana Feldman’s grandparents have Alzheimer’s, and the fundraiser will be part of a mitzvah, or good deed, at her bat mitzvah. She hopes to raise $3,000.

After seeing a second grandparent diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Ariana Feldman knew she had to find some way to help find a cure for the disease.

So, Ariana is turning to the sport she loves best as the foundation for a certainly different fundraiser. On June 6, she will host a Cartwheel-a-Thon, and she hopes to have dozens of people kicking up their heels for hours.“I think everyone can do a cartwheel, even if they don’t do gymnastics,” said Ariana, a seventh-grader at Tequesta Trace Middle School in Weston.

via Cartwheel-a-thon to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research – Weston – MiamiHerald.com.

Father of autistic child running in 60 marathons

Funny how someone can run for miles and miles and get absolutely nowhere. Like being stuck in the mud.

Meet Sam Felsenfeld.”When you’re out there training, there’s plenty of time to think,” he said, “and I was thinking, why not run with a purpose in mind? And I always came back to my son Jack. What can I do?”

His middle son, Jack, 6 1/2, is severly autistic.”Jack is making gradual progress, but he’s still in diapers and can’t talk on his own,” said his father.An idea was formed. Why not run a bunch of marathons in order to raise money and generate nationwide awareness for this crippling disease?

First, he had to throw out the idea to his wife of 11 years, Tiffany.”Obviously, I needed her support,” he said, “and I thought for sure she was going to call me crazy.

“Instead, she said to go for it. ‘If you don’t do it now you’ll be kicking yourself the rest of your life.’ ”A charity called Train 4 Autism was born. This is a program that allows athlete to compete their way to raising funds, helps them get through races and gives them a fundraising page on the internet.

via Postbulletin.com: Rochester, MN.

Exhibit features photos taken by autistic children

There are some wonderful photographs on exhibit in suburban Chicago — all taken by children with autism or other special needs.

A special photo exhibit featuring art created by autistic children is on display in Hinsdale.

The exhibit, Kids with Cameras, had the children capture the world the way they see it.

Jack Ebert, a suburban photographer and father of a son with autism, started a photography program for children with special needs in Hinsdale. He developed and framed each child’s photograph to display and sell at the third annual art show in his studio.

“It’s inspired them to be able to see things differently,” said Ebert.

via Exhibit features photos taken by autistic children | abc7chicago.com.

World champion quilt challenge: Eight go head-to-head to fight Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots effort to raise awareness and fund research. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt project and sponsors a national tour of quilts about Alzheimer’s.

via Alzheimer’s Reading Room: World Champion Quilt Challenge: Eight Go Head-to-Head to Fight Alzheimer’s.

10 Mountains 10 Years

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10 Mountains 10 Years opens May 5 and looks like a great documentary about an international mountain-climbing expedition that raised money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Chronicling the worldwide epic created by mountain climber Enzo Simone, 10 Mountains 10 Years is a movie that follows his international team of mountain climbers as they scale 10 of the greatest peaks in the world to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. 45 vertical miles. 7 countries. 6 continents. 2 diseases. And one decade. Focusing on Mt. Kilimanjaro, the film tracks the greatest advances happening in the medical community alongside the team’s endurance at altitude.

via 10 Mountains 10 Years (Trailer) | Youtopvideo.com.