Craig Foster: Why I ride...
On July 9-11, 2021, I will once again make the 3-day, 252-mile bike trek across South Carolina to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care and research.
Over a century after Alzheimer's was first diagnosed, we still have no cure, no means of prevention, and no effective treatment for the disease's devastating effects on a person and their family. And because there is no cure or effective treatment, and because of what the disease does to the brain, Alzheimer's is always fatal, 100% of the time. In the US, 5.8 million people are living with the disease and it is the 6th leading cause of death, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined! Research is happening, however, and there multiple promising medical approaches on the horizon. But they need our help.
The annual 252-mile Ride to Remember attracts hundreds of cyclists from around the country who unite for three days in the sweltering July heat and humidity (and occasional downpours and flooding) for one common purpose. Many riders have the names of grandparents, parents, spouses, other family members and friends who have lived and/or died from Alzheimer's. After last year had to be a virtual ride, we are excited to (hopefully) be able to ride together again, and we need your support!
What can you do?
First of all, learn about the disease: its causes, its effects, and its impact on families and society. The Alzheimer's Association is a great place to start, and I commend to you their annual facts and figures video on YouTube.
Second, get involved in the care of those who are living with the disease. Care for Alzheimer's is relentless and exhausting for the loved ones that look after them. So having partners in that care can make a real impact on their lives. And while, many times the person with Alzheimer's may not remember your visits, you will have brightened their days for the time you have spent with them, and the impact on their families can be immeasurable!
And, finally, give. Give so that the Alzheimer's Association can continue to build awareness, continue to support those with the disease and their families, and continue to fund research into treatments, prevention, diagnosis, and hopefully, a cure!
That's why I keep riding year after year, and that is why I am asking you to support me with your donations once again this year. Thank you!