Why I Ride: Shortly after my father's Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2015, my dad and I were sitting in a restaurant when he got quiet, looked up at me and said, "You are the light of my life." I know why he said it. He wanted me to hear it. And by him saying that to me, he gave me a gift. Fast forward to 2021, my father is non-verbal, no longer knows who I am, and is now being cared for in a care facility. Alzheimer's truly is "the longest goodbye." *Update* My father passed away peacefully on July 25, 2021. I am grateful he is free from his Alzheimer's brain and body.
I am tired of the grip that Alzheimer's has had on my father's health, but also the ripple effects that it has had on my mother and the rest of our family. I am deeply saddened at the number of people that Alzheimer's and dementia has touched - it seems like everyone I know or talk to has someone in their family that has been diagnosed.
I am tired of feeling helpless. So I decided to try and do something that might make a difference. I hit the "register" button and now I am going to be participating in a 40 mile bike Ride to End ALZ in Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley, TX on October 10. And I'm terrified. But I'm more terrified of doing nothing.
I am determined to go the distance for all those affected by Alzheimer’s. I am inspired by the strength of my father and the more than 6 million Americans living with this disease, and my mother and the over 11 million family members and friends who provide them with care. I am also inspired by science.
Right now, there is no shortage of ideas in Alzheimer’s research — only dollars. Which is why I am asking for your support. I am participating on the Ride to End ALZ, a fully-supported, one day fundraising event where EVERY DOLLAR RAISED supports the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to discover methods of treatment and prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.
With each mile I ride, I am raising funds to advance research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s. My fundraising goal is to go above and beyond. Thank you for cheering me on.