Why I Ride: Dementia has hit my family pretty hard. My dad was diagnosed this past year, and we began our battle against this disease. He struggles with normal daily functions. If anything, this experience has brought us closer together as a family. We do everything we can to bring joy to my dad, and also to my mom, who has to work 24 hours a day to take care of him. I try to go up to see my parents at least once a month now. I talk to both my mom and dad almost daily. My brother and I still try to get him out to fish, enjoy the outdoors, or simply run to 7-11 for a Dr. Pepper. I stumbled across this race quite by accident, and took it as a sign. If I can contribute in any small way to the research for Alzheimer's and Dementia, then it is something I must do.
Now the fun part! I have never ridden a road bike. I don't even own a road bike. The race is in exactly 8 weeks from today! If I am going to ask for your support in raising money via donations, I owe it to you to do something crazy! So, while they offer 20, 40, 60, and 100 mile distances …… I decided this was a go big or go home moment. So I am tackling the 100 mile race with only 8 weeks of preparation!
Please join me on this journey, the Ride to End ALZ! It is 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. Thank you!