LIVINGSTON, NJ — In observation of “The Longest Day,” celebrated on June 20 each year on the day with the most daylight, people from across the world “fight the darkness of Alzheimer's through a fundraising activity of their choice.” As a longtime supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ), Livingston resident Susan Berkenbush and AAGNJ Advisory Board member will do just that by walking/running a half-marathon within the community on Saturday.

“My original plan was to have a tea party at my home, but with social distancing, I had to shift gears,” said Berkenbush. “I decided to do a half-marathon because I like to exercise, and 13.1 miles will be a challenge.”

After volunteering at Walk to End Alzheimer’s events over the past few years, Berkenbush said she “was inspired to do more by people [she] met who were facing the disease themselves or as a caregiver.”

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“It’s truly a brutal disease, and it must be eradicated,” she said. “Funds raised by the walks and The Longest Day events support research and clinical trials. The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to their vision, ‘A World Without Alzheimer’s and all other dementias,’ and so am I.”

Berkenbush aims to raise at least $1,000 for AAGNJ by Aug. 31. CLICK HERE to visit her fundraising page.