Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating illness that far too many suffer from. While all teams raising money on The Longest Day want to help fund the research, support and care efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer Society of Canada, for some their reasons are personal.

Several team leaders and participants are taking part in the June 21 fundraiser to honor relatives and loved ones who have, or have been lost to, Alzheimer’s.

“I wanted to make a difference,” said Sam Marks, captain of the Bridge Club of Atlanta team. He has a relative suffering from the disease. Through spreading the word via email and websites, his team has already raised over $1500.

Some clubs, such as Bridge in the Park in San Diego, were motivated to participate because they have members who have been afflicted by Alzheimer’s.

“Everyone seems to know someone that has been affected by this dreadful disease,” said Linda Powers of the St. Louis Bridge Center. “And we use our brains to play our favorite game. I thought, what a perfect fit.”

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