June 20 is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, and across the United States, the Alzheimer’s Association will honor those battling Alzheimer’s disease with an event called The Longest Day.
The event is scheduled for the summer solstice each year because that day, known as the longest day, symbolizes the struggle of people battling Alzheimer’s as well as the constant efforts of those caring for them.
At Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community in West Columbia, residents, staff and supporters will spend 12 hours of the day (7 a.m.-7 p.m.) riding NuStep recumbent cross trainers. Each participant will ride for 30 minutes, and each will raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association by asking family, friends, co-workers, companies and other organizations to sponsor and donate in honor of their efforts.
The event will also feature music, prizes, refreshments and an all-day celebration. Members of the community are invited to show their support by participating or donating. For more information or to register, contact Denise Heimlich at 803-739- 5044 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on The Longest Day and other events planned in the Midlands and beyond is available here.