Local woman goes the distance for Alzheimer’s

Posted by: Marlenia Thornton


Molly Nance has been swimming since she was a kid.

This weekend, she’ll be doing what she loves for a cause she cares deeply about–Alzheimer’s.

Nance will swim a in a marathon as part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day event.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to do something I love…long distance swimming and do it for a cause every important to me,” she said.

Nance’s father died from Alzheimer’s in 2002 and she has a good friend who was diagnosed with it early.

Both will be her motivation as she swims 36 miles in the Red River, in North Dakota, competing against dozens of others on Saturday.

The nationwide event encourages participants to do an activity they love for 16 hours on the longest day of the year–the summer solstice.

Its purpose is to raise awareness and funds for the disease.

“It is going to hurt, i am going to get tired…just knowing that I am doing this for such an important cause will definitely keep me going,” Nance said.

She’ll need that extra push for the Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test.

It is the longest swim race in North America.

“You do it because it is hard and that’s where the reward is,” she said.

Nance said this is more than a memorial swim.

She hopes this is will help find a prevention or even a cure.

“I am very hopeful that we can find a cure and I’ll swim for that,” she said.

If you want to know more about Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day event or how to donate, click on this link: http://thelongestday.alz.org


 Posted by: KLKN Newsroom


The Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day event is this Sunday  and  one local woman is going the distance for this special cause.

Longtime swimmer Molly Nance will be doing what she loves for a cause she cares deeply about this weekend.

She will swim in a 36-mile marathon as part of the association’s event.

Hear more about Molly’s story tonight at 6.