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In 2019, my father died at the age of 87. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's for a while and had been slowly declining until a few months before his passing in August.
Why am I riding across South Carolina this year? Because I want to honor my father who passed away. I want to honor his wife who selflessly chose to keep him at home for as long as possible. I want to honor the caregivers who supported his decline towards the end when his wife had to place him in a memory care unit. I want to honor my brother who provided support wherever needed to my Dad and his wife. I want to acknowledge the patient, kind, people who befriended Dad when he attended his meetings.
Does anyone really know what causes Alzheimer's? I am not sure. I do know my father exercised, did not smoke, ate at fine restaurants, had a loving supportive spouse, and was active in the communities around him. Was there something he could or could not have done to stop his decline? I do not know. I do know that there is so much we do not really understand about this disease. Is it about placque in the brain? Diet? Exercise? Mental stimulation? It cuts across all socio-economic boundaries. he was a BG in the Army and then a CEO of a Trade Association By US standards, he had made it to the top. But it did not stop him from loosing his memories. He had Alzheimer's. He did not die from Alzheimer's. The disease is not a death sentence. Rather it is a marker of an accelerated decline of the mind. That is why I am participating in the Ride to Remember. I will remember my father each and every mile of this event.
By participating in A Ride to Remember, I'm taking on the physical challenge and personal adventure of cycling across South Carolina. I've also committed to raising awareness and funds to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association®.The amount I have chosen to raise is $2500.
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. Please support my efforts by making a donation. All funds raised benefit the Alzheimer's Association and its work to provide care support for all affected and advance research toward better treatments, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's disease.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer’s! Your support means the world to me on this memorable journey!