Why I Ride: I ride in honor of my father, James Scheers. Our beloved father and grandfather left us May 16, 2020. My dad loved to tell stories and had a great sense of humor (who else taught me how to do a U-turn in our garage?). Despite this disease, I knew my dad was still in there, as he would still share a story or an occasional joke during visits. Dad made the best roast beef dinners. He loved art and painted many wonderful paintings over decades. He loved sitting on his front porch, which is something I find myself doing more often. He was interested in birds. Whenever I'm outside, especially on the trail riding my bike, a cardinal typically appears at just the right time, to which I always say "Hi dad! I'm ok."
I also ride to acknowledge the incredible efforts of my brother and mother, who served as the caregivers for several years. This horrible disease takes such a toll on those closest, who see firsthand the mental deterioration and are the first to not be recognized or remembered.
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.
With each mile I ride, I am raising funds to advance research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s. Thank you for your support and for cheering me on.