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Team runs 47 miles for Alzheimer's

Madison (WKOW) -- Last Sunday was was the first day of summer, meaning it was the longest day of the year - and one group spent the whole long day running to raise awareness for Alzheimer's.  

The National Alzheimer's Association has adopted the summer solstice as "The Longest Day".  

Teams choose one activity to do from sunrise to sunset, and one from Wisconsin chose to run.

The team ran 47 miles - from Monroe to Madison on the Badger State Trail - to represent the 47 million people worldwide with the disease

They even took all the people who support the team along.  

"We carry the names of people that have donated if they have a personal connection to the disease," said Running to Remember co-captain Kim Maas. "We carry their names on our shirts and think about them as we run."

June is Alzheimer's Awareness month, the state attorney general is touting the success of the Silver Alert program.  

It started less than a year ago here in Wisconsin, and the attorney general says it's been vital to the safety of seniors with cognitive impairments, like Alzheimer's or dementia.  

He says having the alerts on lottery terminals, billboards and highway signs has helped save lives by putting the public on the lookout for seniors who may need help.  

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