Distant Memories Swim
Long Island Charity Swim Event to Raise Awareness and Funds for Alzheimer's Disease
The Distant Memories Swim was started after watching the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s take control of my grandfather, Albert Riviore. The disease not only affects the mind of the individual with the disease, but also has a tremendous affect on the caregiver and family. My hope when starting the swim was to create awareness, raise funds, and create support for those affected or who may become affected by the disease in the future.
In 2003, I swam the first long distance Distant Memories Swim to raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease which impacts over 55,000 families here on Long Island. Since then, I've been joined by my friends and together we have risen over $100,000 for research and programming for the Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center (ADRC).
The Opening Ceremonies begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Distant Memories Swim team participants will swim with me at 9:30 a.m. from Asharoken Beach in Northport, across Northport Bay, to Knollwood Beach in Huntingon to raise funds to fight this disease and other forms of dementia.
It is estimated that 14-16 million of today's baby boomers will have Alzheimer's disease. The social, economical, and emotional impact will be devastating. Damage begins 10-20 years before symptoms appear. We must find a way to prevent Alzheimer's disease now, before the damage begins. By donating, the mind you save may be your own or a loved one's. Please join me and my friends in the fight against Alzheimer's disease by donating to the Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center.
~ Bryan Proctor
Swim Founder and Organizer
Please help us reach our goal of $20,000.00.
You can Support A Swimmer, make a general donation online here
or donations can be mailed to our new offices:
ADRC, attn: Distant Memories Swim, 45 Park Ave., Bay Shore, NY 11706. (Donations mailed to the Ronkonkoma office will be forwarded.)
As of 10/22/14, we have raised $12,148.00!
Thank you to all of this year's participants, volunteers, and sponsors. Without you the swim would not have had this much success!