Criminal Minds Actors Make TV Spot for Alzheimer’s Awareness Event Called the Longest Day

Criminal Minds Actors Make TV Spot for Alzheimer’s Awareness Event Called the Longest Day
Actors on CBS's hit television series "Criminal Minds" have made a commercial to promote an Alzheimer’s Association awareness event called the Longest Day on June 21. The public service announcement builds on the show's use of a character with Alzheimer’s to educate people about the disease. The commercial invites the public to take part in the Longest Day. One of the series' characters is Jane Lynch, a woman with Alzheimer's portrayed by Diana Reid. The episodes often depict her struggles and those that her disease imposes on her son, Matthew Gray Gubler, who is portrayed by Spencer Reid, according to a press release. In addition to inviting viewers to participate in the Longest Day, cast members in the commercial encourage the public to raise money to combat the disease and raise awareness of it. The actors in the commercial include Joe Mantegna, who plays David Rossi in the series; Kirsten Vangsness, who plays Penelope Garcia; and Paget Brewster, who plays Emily Prentiss. The Longest Day is held every year during the summer solstice -- the earth's longest period of sunlight -- to symbolize the challenge Alzheimer’s poses to patients, families and caregivers. Those participating in the event can do what they enjoy the most – biking, hiking, playing bridge, swimming, knitting or any other activity – to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s. To
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