76-year old caregiver donates quilt for Alzheimers she spent 5 years making

POSTED: 9:55 PM Sep 22 2013   UPDATED: 12:08 AM Sep 23 2013
ABILENE, Texas -

The fight to find a cure for Alzheimer's is a worldwide effort. September is "World Alzheimer's Action Month" and more people than normal are stepping up.

76-years young Geneva Lantrip stitched a quilt big enough to put on a queen size bed for the Alzheimer's Association and "Home Instead," in Abilene. It took her five years to complete. She raised $1,500 selling raffle tickets for a chance to win the quilt.

"The youngest person they know of having it is 27 and there are more than 80 kinds and more and more people in their 40's are coming down with it," Lantrip said.

Lantrip made the quilt to raise money for The Alzheimer's Walk, the association's biggest fundraiser of the year.

"It's gonna be hard to give it away and yet its going to be easy, because I know I've been doing it for a purpose to find a cure for Alzheimer's," Lantrip said.

KTXS caught up with Lantrip after the walk as she gave away her handy work to the lucky winner.

"In the profession I'm in, you have to learn to let go," Lantrip said. "Since I am a caregiver who takes care of older people. People with Alzheimer's, people with cancer."

The quilt recipient Larie Hancock said when she received the quilt, she was holding more than just a blanket.

"I feel so honored and so excited," Hancock said. "She worked so hard on it and (Alzheimer's) is such a worthy cause."

Although Geneva has had her own health issues including double-knee replacement and cancer that's now in remission, she said the Alzheimer's fight is one she won't quit.

"My husband's mother had it," Lantrip said. "His sister has it and now my brother, his wife has it and her mother had it. It's a disease that once you get it, it's a death sentence."

Lantrip said she's getting ahead of this disease by staying active. Hancock is proud to make a new home for the quilt.

"I'm going to put it on my bed and treasure it," Hancock said.

Lantrip is already working on her next quilt. Donations toward the cure can still be made to "Home Instead" and the Alzheimer's Association of Abilene.

An estimated 5.2 million people in the US are living with the disease. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that gets worse over time. It's the 6th leading cause of death in the US.