Jonesboro's Longest Concert raises money for Alzheimer's Association

The organizer's grandmother suffered from Alzheimer's disease when he was younger. (Source: KAIT)
The organizer's grandmother suffered from Alzheimer's disease when he was younger. (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An event held Thursday in Jonesboro raised money for Alzheimer's research while treating people to some live music.

The Alzheimer's Association hosts a national event on the Summer Solstice called The Longest Day.

Jonesboro resident Dylan Nelson said he wanted to host a local event so he organized Jonesboro's Longest Concert.

"I decided for our area to take advantage of the natural talent in our area and raise some money for some folks," Nelson said.

Musicians started playing at 11 a.m. Thursday and will play until 8 p.m. Thursday.

There were seven different performers throughout the day.

All donations, t-shirt sales, and tips to the musicians went straight to the organization, which is close to Nelson's heart.

"My grandmother and my great aunt both suffered from Alzheimer's when I was a child," Nelson said. "I actually never knew my great aunt without Alzheimer's but my grandmother I watched her go through the process. As a child, I saw that and it's really heartbreaking," Nelson said.

The Alzheimer's Association funds research of the disease in hopes for a cure and supports families dealing with a diagnosis.

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