Knit one, pearl two, the clack of needles and the buzz of happy voices filled Sarah Jane's Yarn Shoppe, 3400 N Anthony Blvd., on Friday.
Knitters united to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Alzheimer's Association website, 5 million Americans are living with the disease and one out of three seniors will die from it. There is no cure.
Friday's event was a part of national event "The Longest Day," which is a sunrise-to-sunset team event to raise funds and awareness for the support and research of efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Locally this is the first year for the organization to participate; nationally it is the second year for the event.
Jana Powell, a volunteer for the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association said they chose knitting as their team activity because she and organizer Laura Storie enjoyed it. They also knew the owners at the yarn store would be supportive; they had named their store after their mother who suffered from Alzheimer's.
Participants started at 6:08 a.m. and concluded the event at 9:16 p.m.
Lori Miller, one of the owners of the yarn shop, said she put together 50 kits for women to make squares for a blanket that will be auctioned this fall at the annual Alzheimer's walk. By 10 a.m. 25 of the kits had already been sold.
The event included food, drinks, door prizes and a raffle for a free class.
The Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association serves nine counties in northeast Indiana. Its mission is to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research, to provide care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia by promoting brain health.
The annual walk will take place Sept. 21 at Headwaters Park. To find out more, go to www.alz.org/Indiana or call 800-272-3900.