David Babcock is doing a wonderful thing. Babcock holds a Guinness World Record record for knitting the longest scarf (12 feet) while running a marathon in Kansas City one year ago. He’s using that notoriety to bring awareness to a devastating illness, Alzheimer’s Disease.
As a member of the NYC Athletes to End Alzheimer’s Team, Babcock is collecting knitters’ and crocheters’ Alzheimer’s stories in the comments at the Lion Brand Notebook. On Oct. 30, Lion Brand will select five commenters to win one of Babcock’s run-and-knit creations. Babcock wrote, “I really want to get connected with my Alzheimer’s community. I know you’re out there and that, like me, knitting (or crocheting) is something you do while doing other hard things too. I am cheering for you!”
It’s long been said that doing a dexterous activity — working with your hands — can help keep your mind sharp. “Staying mentally active through knitting and reading, etc. makes deposits to an individual’s brain bank; this can possibly buffer against Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia,” according to the Craft Yarn Council. So, crocheter and knitter friends, keep it up. Teach crochet and knitting to your loved ones; besides improving their health, someday it may keep precious family memories alive.
Here are a couple of the most touching stories shared at Lion Brand Notebook:
Read more at Lion Brand Notebook, and share your own!