On Wednesday, June 20, I’ll be participating in The Longest Day, an exciting and emotional sunrise-to-sunset relay event to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.
As a member of my company’s fundraising team, I’ll be doing what I can to honor the perseverance and patience, determination and dedication that those who are living with Alzheimer’s disease – and their caregivers – display every day.
The only rule, per se, for this event is at least one member of our fundraising team needs to be in constant motion every second of the approximately 16 hours of daylight on June 20, which is the summer solstice, or the day of the calendar year with the most sunlight.
My initial plan was to run for a few hours on The Longest Day, but I broke my big right toe recently (May 26) in a fluke accident, so I probably won’t be able to run for that long, if for any significant period of time at all. But…where there’s a will, there’s a way. I hope to run at least a few miles, then maybe a walk a little and finally ride my bike, covering a distance of about 16 miles or so from where I work in Lexington to my home here in Sudbury. Between running, walking and bike riding, I plan to be in motion on The Longest Day for three to four hours.
And my goal is to raise at least $400 for this very important cause. Which is where you come in, hopefully…
IF you can support my efforts, I’d be grateful. A gift of $15 to the Alzheimer’s Association would be about $1 for every mile of my activity on The Longest Day. But any amount you can give, even if it’s just a few dollars, would be greatly appreciated. To learn more about The Longest Day and to donate to my campaign, click here.
Please note that the video at the top of this blog post was recorded on Saturday, June 9, 2012. This post is a written transcript, almost word for word, of the video.
The good news, by the way, is that my toe is getting better quickly and I expect to be able to run a good portion of the 15+ miles from my office in Lexington to my home in Sudbury on The Longest Day.
Finally, if for some reason you can’t see the video embedded in this post, you can check it out on my YouTube channel by clicking here.Google+