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2020 Fall Virtual Challenge October 11, 2020


2020 Fall Virtual Challenge

Team Rocky

This is our Dad. Born Earnest Raymond LeBlanc Jr, better known to most as Rocky, or as some of you might even know him: Coach Rocky. A dedicated Financial Analyst for Unocal/Chevron, who after 40 years of admirable service (and almost never taking a sick day) retired just about 4 years ago. Anyone who has ever been fortunate enough to meet our dad knows he is a gentle, kind, and loving man with a heart of gold and a wonderfully wry sense of humor. He hails from a small town in Louisiana and has always put the needs of others first and above his own, exhibiting the patience of a saint, especially in having raised two rambunctious tomboy daughters, where he would often throw his briefcase down in the yard upon arriving home from work and grab his glove so he could immediately play catch with us before the sun went down. 

In January, he was diagnosed with Dementia. After increased questions and confusion ranging in severity from the whereabouts of his keys to not being quite sure who we were and several falls, it has been quite a year. This disease is so incredibly cruel, but we take great comfort in the fact that our parents will soon live closer to both of us.

This October, as sisters, we’ll be participating in the "Ride to End ALZ" in Wimberley, TX, which is a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. We’ll be riding together representing “Team Rocky” and whether our dad realizes it or not, we’ll be riding for him. We know in these times of economic uncertainty with a global pandemic in the mix and the world sometimes feeling like it’s falling apart, this might not exactly seem like the most ideal time to launch a fundraiser. 

However, 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 suffer from Dementia in the US and that means 1 in 5 are either suffering from it or taking care of someone suffering. It’s too many for a disease that we’re still not sure how it forms, why it forms, and how to treat it. We must continue to research and try to find answers. It cannot wait.

Whether you are able to donate a few Washington's to "Team Rocky" for a great (tax-deductible) cause or even just share our "Team Rocky" fundraiser page within your network, we thank you in advance for joining us on our journey. Funds raised by "Ride to End ALZ" will help to accelerate research toward methods of treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure for this devastating disease. Your support of our dad and others like him who are bravely battling Dementia means everything. The kindness of your friendship, connection, and the internet continues to amaze us and we cannot thank you enough for being a part of our lives. 

For Rocky,

Karen and Kim LeBlanc :)

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100% of the funds raised go toward the Association's efforts to discover methods of treatment and prevention for Alzheimer's and other dementias.