Liz Harvey's 2017 Ride-to-Remember Adventure
Dear Family and Friends,
I'm taking on the personal adventure of cycling 64 miles from Simpsonville to Newberry, SC. on July 14, 2017. In doing this ride, I've committed to raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®.
Both my parents, Capt. Bill Canniff and Phyllis A. Barry, have Dementia. The drugs and symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease are very closely related. Among other drugs, both Captain Bill and Phyllis take a drug called Donepezil (or Aricept). The lead researcher for drug, Donepezil, was Hachiro Sugimoto, a chemist and pharacologist. Hachairo's mother had Dementia. His research started in Japan in 1983, and the United States FDA approved the drug for use in Dementia and Alzheimer's treatment 1996.
My father, Capt. Bill, just turned 80. With the unwaivering support of his wife, Nancy Canniff, he was diagnosed with early onset Dementia when he was 63. I believe Dad has received excellent care over the last 17 years because of Nancy's efforts at early intervention. We are also thankful for the good doctors and the MUSC researchers who helped him. My mother, Phyllis, was diagnosed with Dementia in 2015. While Phyllis' Dementia is more normal for her age of 79, we are thankful for her treatment to hopefully slow the memory and cognitive changes.
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Now is the time to come together to change the course of this disease!
Please support me and my team leader, Greg Canniff. Greg also happens to be my brother. Please make a donation of 50c/$32 or $1 per mile/$64 for either of us. Your support means the world to me and my family!
Hugs and Love!