Watertown Walks and Goes Purple in Support of Alzheimer’s

Victory Field – Monday, June 20th was the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year. Each year on the Summer Solstice, people all around the country observe “The Longest Day,” which honors those who have or are affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia. Lifelong Watertown residents Judy Johanson and her husband Steve, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago, organized a “Hope Lap” on Saturday, June 18th at Victory Field. Participants did a few laps around the track in the first such event organized in Watertown.

Photo by Dan Hogan

“At other events, like Relay for Life, there’s a survivors lap. People can hold up signs that say ‘I just had my last treatment.’” We can’t do that with Alzheimer’s because we don’t have a cure and there’s no effective treatment,” said Judy Johanson.

Photo by Dan Hogan

Homes and businesses all over Watertown went purple for The Longest Day over the weekend. Purple ribbons, signs and balloons could be seen on light posts, fences and porches throughout the town.

Photo by Dan Hogan

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Produced by Dan Hogan, News Producer
Filmed on June 18, 2016

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