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Will You Join Us On The “Longest Day”?

Cynthia Adair - Thursday, June 19, 2014

As part of the Orange County community, Fairhaven has a responsibility to care for those in need. The O.L. Halsell Foundation supports charitable organizations throughout the county. In addition, many of the staff are involved with various organizations, including Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County. Each year, during the summer solstice on June 21, Alzheimer’s Association invites teams around the world to raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer's with a day of activity.

When thinking about how to commemorate the “Longest Day”, I thought about my mother and the movie nights we had when I was a child. My sister, brothers and I would put on our pajamas while my mom made a big bowl of popcorn to take to the drive-in. Once there, we would back into the space and sit in the back of the station wagon with our pillows and blankets to watch the movie and eat popcorn. Most of the time, I would fall asleep before the movie ended.

My mother was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in September of 2006. Only six months later, she passed away. In those 210 days, I lost my mother over and over again to Alzheimer’s disease. Every day it took away a little piece of who she was and the memories of all the things she once enjoyed.

Each year, Fairhaven Memorial Park hosts a summer entertainment series, comprised of a concert and two movies in the park. This year we will be kicking off our three-part series with E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, in honor of my mother and her enjoyment of buttered popcorn and feel-good movies. Please join us on the “Longest Day,” Saturday, June 21, and bring your popcorn, blankets and watch E.T. with your family and friends.

In addition to supporting Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day, Fairhaven is also participating in the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” at Angel Stadium on November 15.

Click here to visit our walk page and support our team: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2014/CA-OrangeCounty?team_id=206065&pg=team&fr_id=4971.  

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