Why I Ride: My mom, Pat Chapman, was one of the more than 6 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's and, on June 5, 2021, we lost her to this devastating disease.
On June 3, 2023, to mark the anniversary of my mother’s passing and to raise funds in support of the Alzheimer's Association, I will again participate in the one-day, 100-mile “Ride to End ALZ, New England.” Additionally, as a reward for collecting over $5,000 in donations for my 2022 ride, on May 7, 2023 I will undertake the 100-mile “Ride to End ALZ, Nation's Capital.” That’s two 100-mile rides in four weeks.
Prior my mom's diagnosis in 2012, there was a noticeable decline in her memory. In the years that followed her diagnosis, her cognitive decline became increasingly pronounced and the woman we knew and loved slowly disappeared. The physical and emotional toll this heart-breaking illness inflicted on my mom and our family cannot be measured.
Your support of my ride would mean the world to me. Every dollar raised supports the Alzheimer's Association's efforts to discover methods of treatment and prevention of this terrible disease. Last year, supporters of my ride contributed to the more than $737,000 raised by all participants in the Ride to End ALZ, New England. What new heights can we achieve this year?
Thank you for your donation and for cheering me on!