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I am back for The Longest Day 2017 to celebrate the one year anniversary of the departure for my cross country bike trip! The trip was in memory of my grandmother, Elaine Quirk, who passed away from Alzheimer’s Disease when I was just a child. You can read the story here: http://www.msquaredvelo.com/2016/02/charity-alzheimers-association.html
When I planned the trip I knew I wanted to raise money for a cause that meant something to me. I set a high goal of $10,000 ($2 per mile), reached out to family and friends and hoped I could make an impact.
I saw the number of people Alzheimer’s affects, but numbers that big are hard to conceive. Then the donations started to pour in and I began meeting people all over the country who were affected by this disease. One story especially stuck out to me.
I was at a Whiskey Distillery in Montana enjoying samples of the local drinks when my server, Taylor, noticed my purple Longest Day wrist band. It turns out her grandfather lost his life to Alzheimer's Disease roughly 20 years ago.
When Taylor was 13 years old, her father explained Alzheimer’s Disease to her and presented her with two options. She could either see her grandfather everyday until he dies in this poor mental state, likely having no idea who she is, or she could say one final goodbye and forever remember the great relationship she had with him. Reluctantly, she chose the latter, but explained to me that it is the reason she still smiles when she speaks of her grandfather today.
It was great to hear that Taylor was happy with her choice, but it pains me to think that a decision like that had to be made at all. It is one of the reasons why I am returning to raise money this year; so one day granddaughters like Taylor won’t have to make impossible decisions like the one she made.
Another reason I am returning to the Longest Day is the simple truth that a little goes a long way.
The support I received from family and friends was unimaginable. I raised just under $6,000 in 2016! Not only the donations, but the emails, texts, calls, facetimes, random people welcoming me into their house or offering to buy me a drink is a huge part of the reason I got through this trip.
The simple gesture of buying me a $2 Gatorade or taking 10 seconds to send a text had a far greater impact on me than that person could have realized. Maybe the gatorade only lasted 30 minutes (or 2 when I was in Kentucky) and it only took me 20 seconds to read and respond to a text, but the joy and enthusiasm it brought me would last days! These little instances of support can go a long way and it made me realize how important one person can have on a greater scale.
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