Riding for Goober
I am returning for my 2nd Ride this year! I survived my first century ride last year, so I know I can totally do this! I may not be fast, but I'm determined (aka Stubborn AF) -- although not a race (a charity ride), I do hope to improve my time/performance in this year's ride! I could've chosen a shorter distance (30mi, 62mi), but I figured if I'm going to do this I might as well go BIG! So I'll be riding 100 MILES for Goober! Yes, on my bike.. not in a car!
I'm riding in memory of my Mom (Marge Cox) who I often called "Goober", who passed away on November 19, 2017.
Mom had a full life. And I'm thankful for the 10 years that she lived with my family -- providing us with many wonderful memories, especially for my daughter Abby (who was only 3 1/2 years old when she moved in with us).
Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in October 2015. I was her primary care-giver, it wasn't always easy (for either of us), but she's my Mom and I never thought twice. After moving to a full-time nursing facility in June 2017 (to get round-the-clock care that I wasn't able to provide), we sadly saw her mental well-being deteriorate. Mom entered hospice on November 9th and passed ten days later. She is at peace now, and hopefully enjoying all the coffee ice cream she can!
Alzheimer’s is a personal cause for me. Not just because of my Mom. My Mom’s younger sister (my Aunt Polly Flodstrom), also suffered with the disease. As well as my paternal grandmother (Florence Cox) and her daughter (my Aunt Jean Cox – Dad’s sister).
Any donation you can make is appreciated -- whatever amount you can afford. This cause is very personal to me, and I just want to raise as much money for Alzheimer's Research that I can -- but I need your help!
By participating in the RIDE to End Alzheimer's, I've committed to raising awareness and funds to advance the 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. Our future is at risk and we must 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!