Why I Ride: Three years ago on Mother’s Day my mom, Melly, died, not alone, but surrounded by loved ones she didn’t recognize anymore. Loved ones she had been forgetting and remembering and forgetting again since her diagnosis in 2009, when I was 22 years old. She never got to meet her grandson.
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. Since coronavirus shut down the in-person ride in Colorado, this ride will be virtual on my NordicTrack spin bike, where I’ve spent quarantine riding virtually in the Alps, Patagonia, and in Tokyo where I used to live. When I lived there I Skyped my mom every day, and it was her diagnosis that brought me back to the states early, to be nearer to her.
With each mile I ride, I am raising funds to advance research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s. Thank you for cheering me on.