August 29 Update:Success!!! It took me 4.5+ hours but I rode all 62.5 miles. The weather was overcast and humid but it wasn't hot and I felt good throughout the ride. Thank you to everyone who supported me, especially my wonderful wife, who even drove with me on the course yesterday so I could make same last minute tweaks and got up early this morning to make pancakes for carb loading.
Thanks for the inspiration, Dad!
August 28 Update:Tomorrow is the day! I'm one of 650+ riders around the country participating in the individual #Ride2EndALZ Summer Challenge. The weather should be cooler than it's been (mid-70s) but the humidity should be high. I've refined my course (that you can see if you click -->here<--). I'm sure I won't set any speed records but I'm excited to get on the road and honor my Dad. If you're able to donate, even $5, over the next month, I'd appreciate it. More importantly though, your donation will help treat and support people with dementia and their families!
August 22 Update:There is one week left before my ride and I want to thank everyone who has supported me. Whether you made a donation to the Alzheimer's Association or you commented or gave me a thumbs up on my LinkedIn post, you've provided a real incentive for me to complete the ride. I've been adding some miles to my training and I think I'll be ready. I'll update this page after the ride so you can see my results.Can an aging, overweight, weekend warrior get in shape to complete a 100 kilometer bike ride to support Alzheimer’s research?!?
That's the question I asked myself in 2015 when my sister Diana invited me to join her on a 2-day charity bike ride from Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ. Unfortunately, that event was cancelled because of Hurricane Joaquin. Fast forward to 2021 and the aging has continued but, when I saw the Alzheimer’s Association was having a Summer Challenge on August 29th, I thought about what this ride could mean. I knew I wanted in. This is personal. My Dad died in 2019 from complications of Alzheimer’s. He was lucky. With the help of a great doctor, effective medications, a supportive family, and an amazingly positive attitude, he survived for 10 years and lived almost to 93. We were blessed.
Most people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s aren’t so fortunate. I am motivated to complete a “metric century” (62+ miles) to support more than 6 million Americans that are living with this disease and 16 million family members and friends who provide them with care. In the end, that's why I've registered for the Ride to End ALZ and ask for your help. The ride brings us together to change the lives of people affected by Alzheimer’s … and each mile we ride brings us closer to a world free of this devastating disease.
I am asking you to donate because your support can make a difference. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
Since 1980, the Alzheimer's Association has targeted Alzheimer's care, support and research. In fact, it is the world's largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. It is a collective of passionate individuals who want to create a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. The Ride to End ALZ is a 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. Charity Navigator says “Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity.” From reading the impact of the Association, you can trust your donations will be used effectively.
Please support me!
Right now, there is no shortage of ideas in Alzheimer’s research — only dollars. Alzheimer's has no cure but new treatments show promise to reduce cognitive and functional decline in people living with early Alzheimer’s. Today, there is a worldwide effort underway to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset and prevent it from developing. This is a time of unprecedented promise in the quest to end Alzheimer’s.
Please join me in the movement to do something about Alzheimer’s now! Whether you donate $5 or $50, your support will encourage me to train for and complete this event and reach my goal. More importantly, together, our tax-deductible donations will make a difference to people with Alzheimer’s and their families and help conquer this disease. In addition, if your life has been touched by Alzheimer’s, please let me know so I can include it in my tribute while riding in this event.
Thank you for your help,