Can they do it?

Members of the OAR Studio indoor rowing community have pledged to collectively row up to a million meters on Sunday, June 23, to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and related brain illnesses.

The event—Row2Remember—is being organized by David Sylvester, owner of OAR, and Phil Gutis, one of his earliest members. Gutis was diagnosed three years ago with early-onset Alzheimer’s and says that he believes his workouts at OAR have helped slowed the progression of the disease.

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and State Senator Steven Santarsiero have pledged to drop by the event. The Alzheimer’s Association will recognize Rep. Fitzpatrick for his consistent support for legislation to help people with Alzheimer’s.

Row2Remember is being held in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Longest Day, a nationwide convergence of people engaging in their favorite activities to raise desperately needed money for research and support for people with Alzheimer’s.

“From the first day, Phil has impressed the OAR community with his persistence and humor,” OAR’s David Sylvester said. “Phil is determined to resist this disease, and we’re honored to fight by his side.”

Sylvester added that if the event raises $25,000, the OAR community has pledged to row a million meters. If $5,000 is raised, the community will row 100,000 meters.

OAR Studio is located at 243 N. Union Street, Suite 130, in Lambertville.

More information about the event can be found at http://act.alz.org/goto/row2remember

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