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Heroes of The Longest Day Relay for the Alzheimer’s Association

Summer traditionally brings us superheroes on the big screen and, this summer, perhaps the biggest superhero of all is making a comeback. But not all superheroes are found in movie theaters.

The Longest Day 2013 / Alzheimer's AssociationThis Friday is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It also marks the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day, a day when people across the country will participate in relay events for 16 hours straight to raise money for and awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

According to The Longest Day website:

This event is about patience, strength and endurance – but it’s also about a challenge. On The Longest Day, do something you love – or try something new – to advance the cause! For people facing Alzheimer’s disease, this challenge is every day. For you, it’s just one.

Participants form teams and commit to raising $100 for every hour of activity. Then, from sun-up to sun-down on Friday the 21st, participants perform their chosen activity. Each participant goes for an hour or two before “tagging” the next person on their team. Teammates don’t even have to be in the same location–they can be virtually “tagged,” which means that teams can be statewide, regional, or even national in scope.

And the types of activities are as varied as your imagination allows. The website suggests physical activities such as running, walking, biking, or swimming, as well as mental activities like playing music, painting, or playing cards. Inspiration can even come from the personal experiences of past participants, like these Longest Day stories found on the blog.

Are you participating in The Longest Day this year? If so, tell us what you plan to do in the comments below. If you aren’t participating, you can still support an individual or team who is. CALA will be cheering on all the superheroes of The Longest Day 2013!


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