At first glance, this is a simple photo of eight small crochet works displayed in three rows on a light colored background and contained in a wooden frame. But there is much more than that.
The photo is a visual representation of the progressive effect of Alzheimer’s disease set up by the artist’s daughter, who is a patient with Alzheimer’s disease. The photo, which went viral in 2018, will be auctioned to raise awareness and funds to fight the neurodegenerative disease.
The photo, “The Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease Through My Mother’s Crochet,” will be auctioned this month in partnership with NetGems, a brokerage that represents online viral content creators. The auction is timed for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month, both in November.
In addition to helping pay for her mother’s ongoing care, Sara Wuillermin will donate 20% of auction proceeds to Alzheimer’s organizations, including HFCs and the Alzheimer Association, which she supported through the Walk to beat Alzheimer’s fundraiser in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In fact, the money for this organization will be channeled through its Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraising team. The campaign is held annually in over 600 communities across the country.
“I wanted to not only help my mother, but also support other families struggling to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease,” Wuillermin said in a statement. Press release, where the photograph can be seen. “I chose the Alzheimer’s Association and HFC because their missions of funding research and supporting caregivers are close to my heart.
Her photo depicts her mother’s decline, beginning with the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease, through the chronological three-row arrangement of “grandmother’s squares” her mother crocheted. Early works are traditionally square in shape, sharp, well-defined and multicolored. As the disease progressed, the lumps became more amorphous and single-colored, eventually ending in a tangle of dark-colored threads.
The image made headlines three years ago after it was posted on Reddit and caught the attention of philanthropist Bill Gates, People magazine and the “Today” show.
“I think my photo helps people understand this disease better,” Wuillermin said. “A lot of times people hear ‘Alzheimer’s’ and think it means someone is a bit forgetful. But it’s so much more than that.
Kristina Fransel, Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, said, “Sara’s image really illustrates the effect of Alzheimer’s disease on her mother’s brain and its impact on her profession. .
“Unfortunately, diagnoses like Sara’s mother’s are all too common in the United States. These stories are at the heart of the Association’s mission. Fundraising efforts, like Sara’s unique approach, and those of other individuals and teams supporting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease, help fuel and fund care, support and research. on Alzheimer’s disease,” added Fransel.
Proceeds going to HFC will support its mission to help families and caregivers, who bear the brunt of responsibility for 80% of Alzheimer’s patients.
“We are beyond grateful to Sara for bringing much-needed attention to the disease that currently affects more than 6 million Americans and 14 million unpaid family caregivers,” said HFC Executive Director Bonnie Wattles.