Chances are that someone in your life has been touched by Alzheimer’s. This disease has quickly spread to become an epidemic, affecting 47 million people worldwide and costing $604 billion a year to treat. Currently, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US. What’s worse, it is the only cause of death in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed.
While this all sounds pretty grim, that doesn’t mean the situation is hopeless. The Longest Day is an event that helps to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, which is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. The event is held on the summer solstice and goes on from sunrise to sunset. Teams participate in an activity of their choice for the duration of the day, raising money and collecting donations along the way.
There’s still time to create a team and promote this valiant cause. All you need to do is gather your team members, choose an activity you enjoy, and raise some money! The funds that are donated will help to provide care and support to those facing Alzheimer’s, drive research toward treatment, prevention, and a cure, and give those who suffer from Alzheimer’s a voice in legislation and federal policy. A good goal is to try and raise at least $100 per hour of daylight per team… which equals $1600 that will go towards the fight against Alzheimer’s.More