Alzheimer's has shaped our family. Our beloved patriarch - my dad - Ira Sisk - dealt with it for many years before winning his earthly battle and moving to paradise on July 4, 2010. We all learned a lot about him during this time - that he remained a man of integrity with the most kind and caring heart - and with THE BEST sense of humor - throughout his journey. We learned a lot about Mom as she steadfastly stayed by his side and loved and cared for him selflessly until the very end. And we learned a lot about how precious and fleeting family can be.
I miss Dad more today than I did when he passed away over eleven years ago. And, I am more motivated than ever to help raise money and awareness to help others avoid or lessen their journey with Alzheimer's.
The pandemic and health issues impacted my last two rides. In 2020 I rode the virtual challenge - 252 miles within the Chickamauga Battlefield. While the Battlefield is a beautiful, safe and quiet place to ride, it gets a little mundane after 252 miles in 10 - 15 mile loops. In 2021 I once again did the virtual challenge, but I also attended the ride onsite. I took my wife and my 13 year old grandson and we all volunteered. I can't honestly say which is more satisfying - riding or volunteering - but I know I want to be involved as much as I can.
For 2022, I plan to ride onsite in South Carolina. My wife and (by then 14 year old) grandson plan to volunteer again. And joining them this year will be my daughter and my by then 12 year old and 6 year old granddaughters.
It is a great feeling to be with people fighting so hard for the same cause. Rest assured that I will give it my all and that most of the money raised will go directly to funding Alzheimer's research and treatment.
By participating in Ride to end Alz (formerly A Ride to Remember), I'm taking on the enormous physical challenge and personal adventure of cycling across South Carolina. I've also committed to raising awareness and funds to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association®.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Now is the time to come together to change the course of this disease!
Please support my efforts by making a donation. All funds raised benefit the Alzheimer's Association and its work to enhance care and support programs and advance research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's disease.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer’s disease! Your support means the world to me on this memorable journey!