My Story: Alzheimer's Disease has played a strong part in my family's story. My paternal grandmother suffered from dementia. My father (and my mother who supported him) lived with Alzheimer's for 18 years and my tragically, the year he died, my mother began exhibiting signs and finally succumbed to the disease 5 years later.
I wish I were the exception, but as the number of people affected by the disease grows, more and more people can tell the same or similar stories of their family's history.
I've ridden for Alzheimer's research before, but after several years of contributing in other ways, last year I decided it was time to get back out on the road and rally all of my supporters who have been so incredibly generous during past rides. I signed up for the June 2022 ride and during an early training ride in April, I encountered a virtual "bump in the road" and broke my neck. The 2022 ride was suddenly off the schedule.
But this story is not about me, it's about Alzheimer's Disease and the devastating effect it has on all of us.
Why am I Riding: I refuse to let a "bump in the road" slow me down. I am determined to pedal 100 miles to bring attention and hopefully badly needed funds to all those affected by Alzheimer’s. I am participating in the Ride to End ALZ because 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.
It's a been a fascinating year and with each mile I ride, I am determined to play some small part in advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s and hopefully many more to follow. Thank you for cheering me on and being part of the story.
Cheer Me On!