In Memory of my Dad
I‘m riding 'In Memory' of my dad this year, after 3 years of signing up to ride 'For' him.
I watched this disease take Dad from me for years. In September I held him as he took his last breath. I will continue to do my part so that someday others won't have to go through that.
The first year I did this ride I didn't know anyone. This year I will ride this 250 miles among friends, kind souls who are there for each other both on the bikes and in life as the people we love slip away from us.
Dad lost his battle this horrible disease in September, after struggling at home, living in assisted living for 10 months and then in a full memory care facility for 8 months. I am so thankful for all those who helped care for him and I am so greatful that he still knew who I was when he passed. He asked for me by name and I found comfort in knowing that he knew he wasn't alone.
This disease is a frightening reality for so many families and it certainly scares me and my brothers and sister as we age.
I hope you will consider donating and helping me reach my goal, so together we can help those needing care and those doing research to figure out this horrible disease.
By participating in this event, I've committed to raising awareness and funds to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association®. The money is used to enhance care and support programs; advance research toward methods of treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure for Alzheimer's disease.
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. We must come together to change the course of this disease.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer’s disease!