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Byron Health Center Strives for Fundraising Goal on The Longest Day

Byron Health Center residents and team members are striving to reach a fundraising goal so Director of Marketing & Public Relations John Drebenstedt will need to shave his head! If $3,000 is raised for the Alzheimer’s Association by June 21st, The Longest Day, John will allow team members to take a turn with the clippers, shaving his head on the Byron Health Center campus at 12101 Lima Rd in Fort Wayne in the Eakin Family Room.

“Several of our residents and team members in our Byron Health Center family are very familiar with Alzheimer’s, so we’ve decided to make a difference by once again by hosting a The Longest Day team on June 21st. We will all wear PURPLE to help raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association!” stated Drebenstedt. “But I’m adding a twist this year by offering to shave my head if we raise $3,000 by The Longest Day!”

The fundraising task should not be too difficult for the Byron Health Center team as a benevolent benefactor has agreed to match donations dollar for dollar up to $1,500. Can you guess who she is? None other than John’s wonderful wife, Heather, who seems to really want John to get his hair cut.

You too can donate to the Byron Health Center team and join them in wearing PURPLE on The Longest Day at . There is no registration fee to join, but any funds you might raise will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. More information can be found at

The Longest Day is the day with the most light — the summer solstice. On June 21st, thousands of participants from across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice. Together, they use their creativity and passion to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Byron Health Center provides an inclusive multi-generational community fostering purpose-filled lives by focusing on the individualized strengths of our family members and will fundamentally change long-term care through compassion and innovation. Team members join each resident along their journey, as guests in their home, advocating on their behalf. Byron Health Center and Miller’s Place continue a tradition of over 160 years of serving the long-term health care needs of Indiana residents. Byron Health Center is licensed to provide intermediate and skilled nursing care while Miller’s Place provides assisted living services to individuals who are more independent and are able to live in a residential setting.