I lost my grandpa Ray Rowe to Alzheimer's in 2009. For the last ~5 years I've become immersed with the Alzheimer's Association's fundraising events. Beginning with the Walk to End Alzheimer's, where I've served on the planning committee and attended (and spoke at!) Summit in Orlando, FL. The Longest Day event piqued my interest so now my husband, Dustin, and I bike each year (pictured) in June. And as a huge Husker football fan, RivALZ, a flag football fundraising event, seduced me into participating in a third annual event. It's been so fun! But one fact needs to change: There is still no cure. Right now, there is no shortage of ideas in Alzheimer’s research — only dollars.
We all know this year is different in more ways than one. (Thanks, COVID.) Alzheimer's patients already struggle with confusion and isolation; imagine them not understanding why they're wearing face masks or why a family member can't visit their memory care facility. I'm so grateful for the large family dinner we got to have with my grandpa in his last months and can't fathom what grief social distancing has caused families. It breaks my heart.
That's why this year I'm ramping up and Riding for Ray Rowe. As a biking enthusiast, Ride to End Alz in Colorado has always on my radar and now that it's virtual, I'm all in. Let's get one more Alzheimer's Association event and one more metric century (100 kms / 62 miles) under my belt! 100% of funds for this event go to research. If you feel compelled to join my team, donate, cheer me on, hold me accountable for training (s/o to PowerCycle!), or just share my story - all is greatly appreciated. Thank you all for continuing to support me and my habitual participatory tendencies. ;)