Thank you to all who have donated!
Why I Ride: In 2020, my dad was definitively diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He had been diagnosed with Cognitive Decline several years previous and I kept hoping it was something else. That it would just stay the way it was and not get worse. The day the doctor told us it was for certain Alzheimer's was indescribable. That was the day the grief started. Because with AD, you grief for the loss of a person who is still there. You see them and you interact with them, but each time you realize they've slipped a little further away.
My picture is from the 2014 Buffalo Springs Half Ironman. It was a challenging day and my dad was my support crew. He met me near the finish line to walk with me to the finish. Not many words - just was there. Like he has been my whole life. Sadly, he no longer remembers that day.
By committing to ride 100 miles in the Texas Ride to End ALZ, I am determined to go the distance for all those affected by Alzheimer’s. It will in many way be the hardest ride I've ever done. I am inspired by the strength of the more than 6 million Americans living with this disease, and the over 11 million family members and friends who provide them with care. I am also inspired by science.
Right now, there is no shortage of ideas in Alzheimer’s research — only dollars. Which is why I am asking for your support. Every dollar raised supports the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to discover methods of treatment and prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.
With each mile I ride, I am raising funds to advance research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s. Thank you for your support.