June 20, the summer solstice, is “the longest day” of the year. It’s also the same day that a non-profit organization raises funds and raises awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – “Today is the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year, and the Alzheimer’s Association which is part of an event called “The longest day”“said Jen Manning, special events manager for the Alabama chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Groups from Alabama and beyond are using activities they participate in to raise money on the longest day, and part of the local hockey community comes together to play a very … long … game. .
“We play the 12 hour hockey game, it’s the longest hockey game in Alabama history, to my knowledge, and probably the South, I can only find one longer hockey game in the United States, ”said Justin Lucas, a member of the Alabama chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association young professionals board of directors.
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““The Longest Day” began as a way to honor caregivers, the people who care for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, because every day is the longest day if you live with Alzheimer’s disease. ” Alzheimer’s or if you are treating someone“Manning said.” So it started several years ago as a way for us to honor our caregivers and it just exploded into these amazing events and activities happening all over the United States. Justin Lucas, who is on our Young Professionals Council, plays hockey so he rallied his troops in the hockey community in Huntsville and they all decided to start planning this game and they put it together pretty quickly and got it done. already raised over $ 7,500 today. I’m very good. “
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“We have such a great hockey community here in Huntsville, that I knew that, you know, if we were to launch an event like this it would be very popular and we would have a lot of people who would want to play and I think we have about 100 players, volunteers, officials and everything like that so there are a lot of people involved and I’m just so grateful to everyone who shows up to support the cause, Lucas said.
Lucas not only has a personal connection to hockey and the association, he also has a connection to the disease itself.
“When I was first asked to join the YP Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors, I was just honored and jumped at the chance because I recently, you know, lost a family member to Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago, so you know I just think it’s a big cause and I thought it was was a great way to fundraise., Lucas said.
If you would like to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association but haven’t had the opportunity to do so today, visit the association donation web page.
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