Community effort raises thousands for Alzheimer’s Association

From left David Dew, Layton Horsley Dew, Izzy Horsley Dew and Katie Horsley Dew sell lemonade and baked goods to raise awareness and for The Longest Day.
Megan Schiffres

by Megan Schiffres

Not many eight year olds would be willing to share the spotlight on their birthday, but Izzy Horsley Dew says she thinks about other people before herself, even on her special day.

“My great grandmother suffers from Alzheimer’s so I would really like to donate money to the Alzheimer’s Association and raise money so they can find a cure,” said Izzy. “I just really want her to stay alive as long as she can.”

Izzy’s birthday, June 21, falls on the summer solstice, when the Alzheimer’s Association celebrates The Longest Day, a fundraising and awareness event for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

“With the summer solstice, it’s the longest day of the year, sunrise to sunset. So we’re linking it up to individuals who are caregivers. They’re always working under the longest day. They’re constantly having to deal with the ins and outs of this disease, every day,” said Katie Hood, development director at the Alzheimer’s Association.

Izzy and her parents, David Dew and Katie Horsley Dew, decided to celebrate her birthday by hosting a bake sale and lemonade stand in support of The Longest Day and in honor of Izzy’s great grandmother and namesake, IsaBell Horsley, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease…