is participating to honor:
her mother, Dolores Rhode
This June 23rd, I will participate in The Longest Day®, a fundraising event benefiting the Alzheimer's Association. People around the world will do what they love to honor a caregiver, a person living with the disease or someone they've lost, while raising funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer's care, support and research.
Saturday, June 23rd, the Women in the Wind Honey Badgers Chapter will host a motorcycle ride to raise funds. (To join our ride, go to our TEAM PAGE: http://act.alz.org/goto/WITWHoneyBadgersChapter to register.) As you may know, my mother, Dee Rhode, passed away last October. Mom suffered with dementia for quite some time before she passed. I was her caregiver for a couple years before she decided to move to Chicago, where my sister, Nina, was then her caregiver. Words cannot describe what it was like to watch her decline and the affects that dementia had on my mom - who was once a vivacious woman who brought a smile to the face of everyone she met. My sister and I would always joke about how we couldn't walk into a single business (whether it was a grocery store, dry cleaners, UPS store, bank, etc) without someone hugging her and greeting her by first name. Mom had a wicked sense of humor, too! That sense of humor was with her until she became unresponsive shortly before she passed. She never lost that sense of humor we all loved so much.
Little known facts about mom (DeeDee) - she rode a motorcycle of her own, but also rode for many years, 2-up with my dad - after dad retired they toured the US and Canada in an RV for two years - at age 87 she danced to a live band on the Virginia Beach oceanfront.... with some random man in the crowd (I have a video of that somewhere) - back in the day when she was young she was known as "hot rod Del" - she LOVED raw oysters (ok, not so much a 'little known fact' as everyone who knew her was aware of this) - in her 50's, she took Nina and I to a male dance club - like a Chippendale's, in Pittsburgh and walked straight into the dressing room, pulled out two dancers and introduced them to her daughters (the woman was a maniac!) - when she lived in Virginia Beach at Atlantic Shores, she would think of random reasons to call the security guys up to her condo and then ask if they brought beer for the party, she loved joking around with them - in her 70's she rode on the back of my husband's motorcycle and went to the Virginia Beach Bike Fest with us - she always wanted to ride on the back of my bike with me.... we never got to do that.
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