CHARLOTTE – The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter invites residents to help fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s on The Longest Day on June 21.
Leading up to and culminating on June 21 – the summer solstice and the day with the most light – participants will host an event or choose an activity to shine a light on the 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and the more than 16 million family members and friends providing care and support.
In North Carolina alone, there are more than 170,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and 473,000 family members and friends caring for them.
This fundraising effort symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Participants can do what they love to honor a caregiver, someone living with Alzheimer’s, or someone lost to this devastating disease for The Longest Day, which is a “day of action” for the Alzheimer’s Association during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in June.
Last year, the Western Carolina Chapter raised more than $99,000 through The Longest Day.
“We encourage local residents across central and western NC to join us in making The Longest Day season the biggest yet,” CEO Katherine Lambert said. “This is a wonderful way to get empowered to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Together, the strength of our light will outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s.”
Participants will raise funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer’s Association care, support and research programs. Visit www.alz.org/thelongestday or call 800-272-3900 to start or join a team, host an event, register individually or learn more.
Help with Queen’s Cup
As the charity beneficiary of the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase, the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter is seeking volunteers to lend a hand at this year’s event on April 27 in Mineral Springs.
Volunteers must register through https://tinyurl.com/ALZQCVolunteer for the organization to get credit for the volunteers they provide. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and attend a pre-race day training.
The Charlotte Steeplechase Foundation estimates $160,000 has been donated to the Alzheimer’s Association since 2014 through the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase.
Walk among best in nation
The 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Charlotte was ranked No. 23 in the nation out of the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Top 30 Walks.
The Charlotte walk earned a spot among this ranking for the first time in 2016 and has held the No. 23 spot in the past two years with more than $641,000 raised in 2018. Rankings are earned by event revenue and include walks from over 600 communities nationwide.
The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter will host its 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Charlotte on Nov. 2 at BB&T Ballpark.