For the third consecutive year, Solebury residents Phil Gutis and Tim Weaver have raised more than $10,000 for The Longest Day campaign for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Gutis and Weaver serve as co-chairs of The Longest Day organizing committee for the Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter. Gutis also serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley Chapter.
This year, more than 100 groups throughout the Delaware Valley raised more than $106,000 to support the association’s mission to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementias by accelerating research, driving risk reduction and early detection and maximizing quality care and support.
Held on the summer solstice, the day with the most light, the Longest Day brings together people from around the world to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through a fundraising event of their choice.
In 2018, Gutis and Weaver hosted a Purple Party at the Prallsville Mills. Last year, friends and family gathered at OAR Studio in Lambertville for a Row to Remember.
With the pandemic limiting public gathering, Gutis this year renewed his pledge to help find a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s through participation in a clinical trial. Gutis was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s four years ago through a clinical trial of aducanumab, a potential Alzheimer’s drug which is being developed by Biogen.
After a series of setbacks, Biogen has recently restarted infusions of aducanumab. Gutis restarted his trial participation in June.
“The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer’s research in the world,” Gutis said.
“Tim and I are completely dedicated to helping find a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s and related dementias,” he added. “We’re so very appreciative of all our friends and family members who have donated to our Longest Day campaign in these very challenging times.”