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I have the privilege to be a member of a fourteen person cycling team representing the Alzheimer's Association NYC Chapter, in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Our team participation is part of a larger event on June 21st, called The Longest Day. One day falling on the summer solstice with thousands of people doing what they love and raising millions to honor those facing Alzheimers.
I’m riding to honor my grandmother, Virginia Hedgepeth, who passed in 2006 from complications of Pick's disease, a form of Alzheimer's, and in support of her daughter and my wonderful loving mother, Carolyn Kidd, who was diagnosed with dementia this past fall. We hope to have Mom's diagnosis clarified in May and move forward with the appropriate treatment and support needed as she faces this overwhelming challenge.
An estimated 47 million people across the world are living with dementia? In the US alone, more than 15 million caregivers dedicate themselves to those with Alzheimer's and dementia and these numbers will continue to rise unless we take action.
This Bike New York event provides a wonderful opportunity to do what I love! But much more important, to honor all people living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers and to raise funds and awareness to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Finally, I’m challenging myself to ride not just 40 miles, but a total of 70 miles for the day:
- 15 miles from my home in Inwood to Battery Park (where the "Tour” begins)
- 40 miles in the main event (ending in Staten Island)
- 15 miles from Battery Park back home to the Inwood ER :-)
I hope you’ll consider supporting my biking team and personal 70 mile goal by making a donation today to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s and provide care and support to those facing this dreadful disease.
Many thanks for your generosity and support!
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