This year the ride will look a little different for me. First of all it has a new name: The Ride to End ALZ. But it's the same 252-mile trek across South Carolina to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association of South Carolina.
The second big change is that I will only be able to do the 100-mile ride from Orangeburg to Charleston with the whole group. I will miss riding with people I have ridden with since 2014, but I have been elected my my presbytery to be a commissioner at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly, which will occupy my time that Friday and Saturday, But believe me, I will be more than ready to hit the road after that, and I will make up the remaining 152 miles on my own during the month of July.
I see real hope on the horizon for treatments for Alzheimer's, but it will take a lot more research and there are lot of people who will need care in the meantime. So please give to help those who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's and to help fund vital research to one day put an end to this dreadful disease.
Remember, Alzheimer's is not normal aging. It is a disease, and we can beat it!