Long Islanders hit the water to beat Alzheimer's

ASHAROKEN - The eighth annual Distant Memories Swim dedicated to Alzheimer's disease was held this morning off Asharoken Beach.

Bryan Proctor and his brother Eric were among the 32 swimmers and 25 kayakers who crossed Northport Bay to raise awareness of Alzheimer's. Proctor did the swim alone last year in honor of his grandfather, who died in 2003 from the disease.

"The swim's great because the younger generation gets involved," Bryan Proctor says. "Normally, it's a disorder that involves the older people."

This year's swim was dedicated to Hal Daly, a former naval medical corpsman who developed the disease after being a lifeguard for 40 years. His son, Patrick Daly, of Hauppauge, swam in his father's memory.

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