Why I Ride:
Sadly, my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago and the progression is taking its toll. To say that it’s hard watching the person you look up to as the role model for being a good husband and father experience the terrible effects of the disease is a gross understatement.
Some of you may also be going through it, have been through it, or know someone who has. You know that the feeling of helplessness can be daunting if left unchecked.
Last year, at a point when the feeling of helplessness was particularly strong, I stumbled upon this ride. It was short notice, but my wife Denise and I decided to sign up for the 50 mile route and in the process raised nearly $1,700 for the cause. While it may not lead to a cure for my dad (but maybe it will), it could for my brothers and me, my children, or my grandchild.
Crossing the starting line and finish line nearly brought me to tears simply because I decided to do something and that Denise was there with me!
This year we are determined to do more and are get more people involved and with your help we can make that a reality.
I am inspired by the strength of the more than 5 million Americans living with this disease, and the 16 million family members and friends who provide them with care. I am also inspired by science.
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.
With each mile I ride, I am raising funds to advance research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s. Thank you for cheering me on.