My father was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in April 2016 and it’s been a bitter downhill slope ever since. Alzheimer’s is an extremely cruel disease that heavily impacts everyone it touches – the person suffering directly, loved ones that become caretakers, and family and friends forced to watch the deterioration. Since college I’ve always rubbed my dad’s bald head for good luck when saying goodbye after visiting, and, of course, just to be annoying. It’s also something I continue doing to this day. That exchange is now extremely bittersweet as it’s one of the few ways I can still interact with my father, but that little twinkle I see in his eye every time I do it is something I treasure on each visit.
There are more than 6 million Americans living with this disease, and over 11 million family members and friends who provide them with care. There is no shortage of ideas in Alzheimer’s research — only dollars. Which is why I am asking for your support. I am participating on the Ride to End ALZ, a fully-supported, 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.
For my ride I’ll be completing a loop around the Greater Seattle area, totaling ~105 miles and 3k ft. of elevation. Just before the 100-mile mark I’ve added my parent’s home to the route to enjoy a celebratory dinner with my dad (the man of the hour) and my mom (his incredible caretaker). Any support, whether through a donation or words of encouragement, is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for visiting my page and for cheering me on!