Why I Ride:
In early August of this year (2021), my mother was diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease (EOAD) at the age of 52.
The weight of this news for my family and myself is like nothing I've ever known, but I know we feel this depth of sorrow because the love for and from our mom is profound.
She is the matriarch of our family... the strength that runs in my veins, the courage that taught each of us to be bold and stand firmly for what is right, who draws us close to one another. If you know Denyse, you know how courageous and strong-willed she is. She is going to do everything she can to combat EOAD, and I want to do the very same for her.
I am riding for my mom, to do what I can to help the research and progress of finding a cure to Alzheimer's.
My goal is to raise $10,000! For every $1,000 raised, I will ride 10 miles, with the longest route being 100 miles.
$2,000 raised = 20 miles - Achieved!
$4,000 raised = 40 miles - Achieved!
$6,000 raised = 60 miles - Achieved!
$10,000 raised = 100 miles - ACHIEVED!!!
$10k+ raised = 100 miles plus crazy outfits, dyed hair, fun challenges, or whatever else y'all come up with! - ACHIEVED!!!!!!!
The advocacy and research funding from the Alzheimer's Association led to the very discoveries and criteria used to correctly diagnose my mom at a much earlier stage than possible before, as well as the treatment (and future treatment) to hopefully slow down the progression of the disease.
I am determined to go the distance for my mom and all those affected by Alzheimer’s. Although it is devestating, there has also never been a time in history with more hope for those diagnosed with EOAD and their families.
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.
Thank you for cheering me on and supporting my mom, my family, me, and everyone impacted by Alzheimer's. And give your loved ones an extra tight squeeze and tell them you love them as often as you can!