I ride for my mom.
I am riding in honor and in memory of my mother, Julieanne Archer. My mom lost her battle on March 30th, 2016.This years ride, would have been my 9th fighting for this disease, but because of Covid, the ride has gone virtual. I will still complete a ride with my team, including my sister, my son, cousins, brother in law, and a whole group of friends.
Things that I remember about my mom; she was funny, loved to dance and have a good time. She had 1 joke that she could tell. Those of you who knew her well, have heard it dozens of times, and each time, I think it got worse, but at the same time so funny. She loved her house in Florida, her house at the lake, and of course her backyard pool, which was often filled with all of our friends. She was a wonderful cook and loved to clean. She would often tell me to take off whatever I was wearing so she could wash it. She never met a washing machine or vacuum she didn’t like! My family ate dinner together every night at 6pm on the dot. Often our friends would spontaneously show up on our doorstep about that same time, and everyone was always welcome. She was an animal lover and passed that on to me, we had a lot of pets growing up, dogs, cats, a bunny, and even a Shetland pony. She was so proud of me, Kathleen, and Gary, and the life she built with my dad. My parents were married for 56 years, and loved to spend time with their family and friends. She was happiest when she was with any of her 7 grandchildren, and fiercely proud of each of them.
My mom battled this awful disease for over 16 years. There are a lot of terrible diseases out there, but this has to be the worst. I watched her heartbreaking decline for 16 years, slowly losing the ability to take care of herself, communicate and recognize any of her family or friends. It is a terrible helpless feeling to see one of the most important people in your life slowly lose their independence and dignity.
I ride each year for my mom and for others who share this terrible fate. This will be my 9th ride with this amazing team, each who are riding to support or in memory of someone special. This is the only ride in the country that strictly funds grants for Alzheimers research. Any donation is appreciated. I hope you will consider supporting my ride. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.
I am proud to say that you are my mom and I will keep fighting for funds to wipe out this terrible disease. Until we meet again, I know you are watching over me.
I love you mom.