“The Longest Day”

Hi Friends,

In honor of the Summer Solstice, the day with the most light, I am here again shining a light on “The Longest Day” event, held each year by the Alzheimer’s Association. (This is a repost from last year’s fundraising event.) Heartfelt thanks for taking the time to read… ♥♥

Next time, we will gather here to ‘Chat by the Garden Gate’ and see what’s blooming in my garden! 🙂  Wishing you a beautiful start to Summer!


Hi Friends!

Our blog is going Purple today…

and the reason is LOVE.

It is my greatest hope that you will share

in “The Longest Day” on June 21st.

In the past year, Alzheimer’s Disease has touched my family and made an profound impact on all of our lives. In search of ways to help my family, I have dedicated much of my time and energy to learning all that I can about this heartbreaking disease.  The Alzheimer’s Association is helping me every step of the way…


My family is not alone.

The statistics are truly alarming….

By age 65+    1 in 9 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

By age 85+    1 in 3 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

More women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.

Although there are different types of dementia, 80% of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

No one has ever survived Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association is leading the fight against this disease. They offer valuable seminars at public libraries throughout our area. Their helpful webinars present the latest research and extremely helpful information for caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association Help Line (800-272-3900) offers live support 24/7 from caring professionals to answer questions and concerns. The Alzheimer’s Association funds vital research and clinical trials in search of a cure.

Siberian Iris with Birdbath

I have been able to take advantage of so many of these valuable resources during the past year. Attending caregiver support groups and connecting with friends, whose families have also been affected by this disease, has  helped me learn about the difficult journey that my family now faces. Most importantly, everything that I learn about the journey of Alzheimer’s disease, I have been able to share with my entire family. Although it is a truly heartbreaking disease, I am so grateful for the work of the Alzheimer’s Association and the difference they are making for so many families, like mine. 

   Please take just one minute to watch this video…

For people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease,

their families, and their caregivers,

each day filled with challenges

can feel very long.

Today I am sharing my heart with you

and raising awareness

of a wonderful way we can all help

in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease

with great LOVE…

On “The Longest Day” (June 21st), people across the globe

will do what they LOVE,

or what their loved ones affected by this disease LOVE to do.

Together, we will raise funds and awareness

for care and support of those affected,

while advancing ALZ research.

We are working toward the first survivor

of Alzheimer’s disease.

Last year, I spent “The Longest Day” in such a poignant, meaningful way. My entire day was devoted to activities that I LOVE. Early in the morning, I took a long, solo walk in nature along our beautiful Prairie. With each step, I knew that I was doing something very important. Next, I spent many hours tending my flower and herb gardens. All the while, my heart was honoring someone so dear to me. I spent the rest of the day downstairs in my little Paper Garden studio making cards filled with LOVE and sending them off to loved ones, far and near.

Although I was intentionally doing what I love most, my day felt very long. It made me think about just how long and difficult each day must feel to someone with Alzheimer’s disease facing so many challenges.

The most important thing that I did that day

was to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association!

It felt so good!

This button is a link to donate to ALZ.org


 I am already looking forward to

“The Longest Day” 2018.

My husband will take a day off work on Thursday

so that we can participate in this important day together.

We will spend the entire day doing things we LOVE

to honor our loved ones.

However, the most important thing we will do

on “The Longest Day”

is to make our donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Breaking News! June 21, 2018  

Your Donation today will be matched by a very generous donor!

                                                 Your donation today will help twice as much!

It felt so good to make our donation early this morning! ♥♥


We can all make a difference by helping the Alzheimer’s Association in the fight to end this disease. Throughout the past year, I have been quietly fundraising and donating to the Alzheimer’s Association. Now it’s time to raise my voice… and ask for your help, too.

It feels very empowering to make donations to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. It makes me very hopeful that one day, in my lifetime, we will find a cure and see the first person survive this disease.

The end of Alzheimer’s starts with me! ♥

The reason is LOVE.

With hope,

♡ Dawn








12 thoughts on ““The Longest Day”

    • Heartfelt thanks for your kind words, W.D. 💜 The Alzheimer’s Association is leading the fight to find a cure. They are helping so many families, just like mine. I am hopeful that one day, in my lifetime, the first person will survive Alzheimer’s and thrive. Our donations are vital to continue this fight as the number of people with ALZ continues to grow. Many thanks for visiting today!💗

  1. Coming to you through Judy at New England Garden and Thread. I had no idea when I clicked on the link that I’d be reading about Alzheimer’s. My dad had dementia; I was caregiver and so I have some small understanding. Not only are the days the longest but the nights are too. He’s been dead a long while now but the horrors remain fresh. I am so sorry for you.

    • Wrapping my arms around you.💜 Our sisterhood of caring daughters just keeps growing and growing at an alarming rate. We must keep searching for ways to end this heartbreaking disease! Many thanks for your kindness! 💗

    • Thank you, Karen. 💜 The devastating diagnosis and the journey through Alzheimer’s and other dementias is truly heartbreaking for the person suffering, their family, and their caregivers. I remain hopeful that by supporting the work of the Alzheimer’s Association, one day we will see the first survivor of this dreadful disease.
      For the past few years, I have been quietly fundraising and making frequent donations to ALZ.org. The past two years, my only birthday and Christmas wishes have been donations to ALZ.org. Close friends have truly touched my heart with their kind, thoughtful donations. It’s the best gift ever! Thanks for being here and joining in the conversation today, Karen. Warmest hugs!💗

  2. Such a beautiful post, Dawn. I have been researching Alzheimer’s for several years. My aunt in Australia has it. It’s so frustrating for the families. Even though they know the name of the illness, they don’t understand the finesse of it and how it differs from dementia. My next door neighbor had it when I moved here and her son who lived with her had no clue. Another neighbor stepped in and she was placed in a care facility. I was astounded at the number of people who do not understand how horrific it is to the patient, much less the families. I’ve just been trying to educate and that has to be my contribution. I hope they figure it out soon but it’s just too profitable. Keep on plugging away. We are here for you as we do understand. Hugs. M

    • I feel your hugs and understanding, Marlene. 💜 Huge thanks. Educating yourself is key! Good for you, Marlene! The Alzheimer’s Association offers remarkable educational programs throughout communities, through webinars, newsletters, and 24/7 live support. You can contact them anytime. They are leading the fight for a cure. Thank you for being on my team, Marlene. Much love. 💗

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