The Longest Day

Walk to support Alzheimer's research

Waltonwood Cary Parkway is inviting the public to participate in its Longest Day fundraiser on Friday, June 21 to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The nonprofit has encouraged thousands of people worldwide to host an activity they are passionate about or the favorite activity of a loved one on the summer solstice — the Longest Day. Waltonwood picked walking, and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., it will host a walkathon for people of all ages and abilities at Waltonwood Cary Parkway, 750 SE Cary Parkway.

There will be food, games and giveaways for all who attend. While the event is free and open to the public, any donations are highly appreciated and go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We are excited to host this public event to support those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, whether they are living with it or care for someone who does,” said Matthew VanAuker, Waltonwood Cary Parkway Executive Director.

“I want to walk all day to show that together, the strength of our light will outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s. Many of the residents and associates have a loved one or friend affected by this disease, and we want them to know we stand with them in this fight. We are participating in The Longest Day as a team to recognize the dedication, compassion and, most importantly, the love that caregivers share with those who suffer from dementia.”

The fundraiser is held annually on the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) because the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with more than five million people living with the disease and 47 million people worldwide suffering from dementia.

If you are interested in donating or attending, please call (919)460-7330.

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