Why I Ride: I am riding in honor of our Mom, Nancy Harm, who passed away from complications associated with dementia in 2010. I am also riding for her Mom and her two sisters who also passed from Alzheimer's. This is a picture of me with my Mom, my Dad and my four brothers. Her illness prevented an official retirement party when she retired after 30 years in real estate. So before her illness became unbearable, we had a private retirement dinner. This is the picture from that day. It was intended to be celebratory, but it was so painful. This is the reality of this cruel and devastating disease that must be stopped.
As my awareness has grown, I have come across so many people who are or have been affected by this terrible disease. There are more than 5 million Americans now living with this disease along with 16 million family members and friends who provide them with care. The impact is staggering, and the race for a cure is vital. So, this is also why I ride.
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. I just know that first survivor is out there! Thank you for considering supporting this important cause.