A Ride to Remember - This one's for Nana
Call it a mix of heart strings, hope, and a little insanity and that brings me to my journey with "A Ride to Remember".
In April 2015 I lost my grandmother to Alzheimer's disease. To me she was Nana a strong, beautiful, and spirited woman. A wife, a mother, a friend and more to those around her. I remember sharing strawberry ice cream cones with her and my younger brother during many hot North Georgia summers. There was never a trip to Nana and Papa's without the routine indulgence. I remember holiday parades through the tiny downtown and her enjoying herself as if it were Macy's. Candy littered streets and her warm, consistent, smile.
One of the most important gifts my grandmother left with me was the acceptance and embrace of curiosity. She watched me observe and play at a young age and later grow into a young man. Throughout the years she kept a journal and wrote in it daily.
Upon her passing I was given an entry she had wanted me to read. She noted I was a curious child and hoped I would never lose the desire to ask questions and seek adventure.
Two years later, in the search for some mid-afternoon caffiene at the office, I stumbled across the oppurtunity to embark on an adventure in her honor. Out of fate, coincidence, or devine intervention a large flyer was taped to the door adjacent to the coffee pot- it read "A Ride to Remember".
Given my inevitable childhood curiosity I found myself emailing the office "Team Captain" and signing up for a bike ride larger than I had ever known.
By participating in A Ride to Remember, I'm taking on the enormous physical challenge and personal adventure of cycling across South Carolina. I've also committed to raising awareness and funds to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association®.
Currently, 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 my efforts by making a donation. All funds raised benefit the Alzheimer's Association and its work to enhance care and support programs and advance research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's disease.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer’s disease! Your support means the world to me on this memorable journey!