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The Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day event is to honor those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Simply stated; Alzheimer’s is a 24/7 disease with no treatment. June 21st is truly the Longest Day – the day with the most hours of daylight in NorthAmerica. So let us think about those with this terrible disease and their caregivers for whom, everyday is the longest day.
I have been a member of the National Board of Director of the Alzheimer’s Association for three years. I see firsthand how our organization is taking the leading role in finding the end to this disease. From a presence in Washington working with leadership there to fund research at a National Level to providing programs and services to individual and families dealing with this disease, the Alzheimer’s Association is there.
This summer I am doing a cross-country bike ride from Oregon to New Hampshire to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s. On the longest day,June 21st, I will be riding 81 miles from Baker City, Oregon to Ontario, Oregon. I hope you will support me on this endeavor.
Once I reach a total of $10,000 raised, a friend has agreed to match this amount. As a member of the National Board Longest Day Team, once our collective raise reaches $100,000, another generous individual has agree to match this amount So in short, your $1 donation will double twice turning into $4.
Today 5.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s;more than 15 million caregivers generously dedicate themselves to those withAlzheimer's and dementia. As the population ages with 10,000 people turning 65 everyday,in 2050 more than 15 million American’s will have Alzheimer’s at a cost to thecountry of more than $1 trillion dollars.
We must get out in front of this disease and make it anational priority to develop a treatment and a cure.
So ride along with me and let's make a difference.