Why I Ride: In 2011 I lost my father to Alzheimer's. Watching him deteriorate from the brilliant vibrant man who helped raise me, to the quiet lost soul he ultimately became, was deeply disturbing. The frustration of having to accept there was very little, if anything, to be done to stop or even slow the progression of this insidious disease still lingers. As I grow older, I can't help wondering if this will happen to me...
Sadly, I know my story is not unique. I have many friends dealing with the effects of Alzheimer's on their loved ones and I feel their pain.
However, I am inspired by the strength of the more than 5 million Americans living with this disease, and the 16 million family members and friends who provide them with care. I am encouraged by the scientific progress we have seen in recent years.
Right now, there is no shortage of ideas in Alzheimer’s research. Research dollars only go so far, which is why I am asking for your support. I am participating in the Ride to End ALZ, 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.
On Sunday August 29th, I have committed to riding 50 miles to raise awareness and funds to advance research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.
This has been a challenging year for all of us. I imagine the isolation brought on by COVID has been especially hard on Alzheimer's victims and their caretakers.
Please consider donating to this critical cause. My deep hope is that one day there will be no need for an event like this.