Why I Ride: This April I will be participating in 2 events: The the Ride to End ALZ and other Dementias and @RideAgainstDementia. Dementia is a terrible disease that not only takes it's toll on the individual but also the families and caregivers who are looking after their Loved One.
While I appreciate all donations, that is not important to why I am riding. If you are reading this, there is a good chance you know someone who has a family member who has been through or going through caring for a Loved One with Dementia. Reach out to them and ask them how they are doing. Most likely they are struggling more than they will tell you. Their mental health is just as important and usually forgotten. If you suspect you know someone who may be suffering from early symptoms, talk to them or their family members about getting tested. It's not an easy conversation. There are no cures. Only things to help slow it down.
But always remember, they are the same person/people you loved and cared about. They just don't know how to deal with this new chapter in their lives.
I am determined to go the distance for all those affected by Dementia and Alzheimer’s. I am inspired by the strength of the more than 50 million people, worldwide, who are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias and probably double the amount of 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. Thank you for cheering me on.