Jackson Lab workers stay active all day for Alzheimer's awareness

9:00 PM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Each year June 21 marks the day where the sun is in the sky the longest. This year researchers at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor used it to make big strides in the fight against Alzheimers.

The team of workers is taking part in 'The Longest Day' campaign. It's a national fundraising effort each to year to benefit the Alzhemiers Association.

The group took pledges to stay active the entire day on June 21 from sunrise to sunset.

Playing a little frisbee on Sand Beach at Acadia National Park was just one activity. The researchers started their day by climbing Cadillac Mountain. Later on they went biking and kayaking on Mount Desert Island.

All the money they raised will go to support Alzheimers research and treatment programs for patients. Members of the group said that made all the fatigue worth while.

"I just think to myself...all the stuff that we're doing today...I'm not generally that active so I get tuckered out..I'm just like no...I gotta keep going," said Sam Groh, whose mother in law battled Alzheimer's for years before she passed away, "they {alzheimer's patients} don't get to say I want to stop I want to have a break."

The team has already raised more than $1600 to benefit the Alzheimers Association. Members say they are still looking for more donations.


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