In April of 2022, I lost my father to Alzheimer’s. If you’ve witnessed a family member’s struggle with this cruel disease, you know the toll it takes. Witnessing the fading memories, the stolen moments, and the brave fight against decline – it’s a journey etched in sorrow and resilience.
I’ve chosen to join the Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter’s The Longest Day Community Outreach Team to honor my father’s memory. With that mission in mind, I’d like to tell you more about The Longest Day and how you can help spread awareness and research funds to fight this devastating disease. To learn more about ALZ in Vermont, and to donate to my 2024 fund drive, please visit my Fighting Alzheimer’s with Awareness and Action page.
What is The Longest Day?
The Longest Day is an Alzheimer’s Association’s event that is a global call-to-action to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s on the summer solstice, the day with the most light. Thousands of participants from around the world choose an activity that they love, or that someone they are honoring loves, and on June 20 (or a day that works best for you), everyone’s fundraising efforts are celebrated to shine a light of hope and fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s. The funds raised help advance the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
How Can You Help?
Participating doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. It can be as simple as turning your hobby into a fundraiser!
- Pick an activity
- Start raising funds
- Ask others to join us
- Make grandma’s cookies and bring them into the office. Leave them in the breakroom with a note and jar asking for donations.
- Set an entry/fee donation per participant and host a fishing competition for all ages.
- Raise money with a car wash.
- Get creative and have fun!