Why I Ride: I am determined to go the distance for all those affected by Alzheimer’s. 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. This disease has been in my family for multiple generations.
Beyond personal motivation, my family has a long history of battling Alzheimer's, making this cause even more personal and meaningful to me. Sadly, my Aunt Ella June Williams, who passed away on August 8th, recently became another victim of this devastating illness. Aunt June's move back to Detroit enabled her to care for my mother, who is in the late stages of Alzheimer's. Their bond as sisters was a true blessing. However, in March, Aunt June received her own diagnosis of Alzheimer's, which, combined with other health issues, led to her tragic decline.
Now, it takes a dedicated group of my siblings, cousins, and incredible caregivers to provide the necessary care for my mother. The challenges of Alzheimer's truly require a collective effort, and I am grateful for the support and love shown by my own "village."
Unquestionably, Alzheimer's research has an abundance of ideas, but it lacks the necessary funding to turn these ideas into reality. This is where I seek your support. I am proud to be taking part in the Ride to End ALZ, a self supported ride I will take on August 26th. Every dollar I raise through this event will directly contribute to the Alzheimer's Association's vital research efforts aimed at discovering effective methods of treatment and prevention for Alzheimer's disease.
As I push myself to cover 100 miles during this ride, I am not only challenging myself physically but also raising funds that will propel groundbreaking research towards finding the first survivor of Alzheimer's. Your support, whether in the form of donations or encouragement, means the world to me.