Five teams from the Miami Valley will be part of up to 1,000 teams around the world participating in the Longest Day, an event aimed at raising awareness about Alzeheimer’s disease as well as money to support caregivers and research. This is the second year Dayton has participated in the event.
The Longest Day, being held today, is a “collection of events that are inspired by team captains,” Eric Vanvlymen, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter said. Teams choose any activity to do for 16 hours, said Vanvlymen, adding that the association hopes to raise $10,000 locally. He said about $1 million to $2 million is expected to be raised in the United States.
Wood Glen Alzheimer Community, a Dayton nursing home, is one of the participating teams. Wood Glen is hosting a volleyball tournament at Scene 75, 6196 Poe Ave., Vandalia from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to raise awareness,” Mark Anderson, team captain said. Anderson, whose grandfather lived with Alzheimer’s for seven years, said his team has already raised about $900.
About 35 million people worldwide—five million in the U.S.— live with Alzheimer’s disease and 15 million people provide care 24 hours a day for patients, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Longest Day, which also includes Canada and United Kingdom, is a day to “honor the caregivers” said Vanvlymen.