Why I Ride: 2013 my Mum Doreen was formally diagnosed with ALZ and spent the next 5 years living in complete fear and anger before she passed in 2018, prior to that my sister Heather her family cared for Mum in their home for the best and worst parts of 7 years. My friend Jeff Rosberg lost his Dad the same year. Also in 2018 I discovered my friend and colleague Frank Ramsey was diagnosed with early onset ALZ at 57, he was admitted to a care facility in 2021 and will never leave. My friend Todd Plymale lost his mother in law in 2019. My friend David Buckalew lost his Dad this year. The more years go by the more I am touched by this terrible disease that tears at the patient and worse at the families, struggling to cope financially, mentally and physically ; caring for a loved one, who often rejects their help.
I support ALZ org as they lobby for us politically and support us with education and directed science research
I am awed at the strength of the more than 6 million folks living with this disease and the 11 million people families providing, caring and loving them until the mostly bitter end.
I am participating on the Ride to End ALZ, with each mile I ride, I will be raising funds to advance research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s, we believe that person is alive today. Thank you for cheering me on.
If you live in the Cincinnati area, come and ride with me. I’ll support you and help with fundraising, organized rides are so much fun and the input you can make is significant just by being seen. THANK YOU for your consideration Ian.