What started as a challenge from a friend has led to an eye opening and life changing experience. In 2019, I rode in my first ever RIDE TO REMEMBER (Ride to End ALZ), was not planning to ride in memory of the person that I choose to honor, but our Heavenly Father needed another rose for his garden. I rode in memory of Mrs. Joanne Knight and I am so glad that I did!
On July 3, 2021, while training for the 2021 'Ride to Remember' now Ride to End ALZ, I had a horrific accident that rendered me unable to participate in the 2021 Ride with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). But the great God that I serve has been there and with my wonder wife, Angela, to help me recover almost fully and put it on my heart to participate again.
So once again, I am planning to participate in the 2023 South Carolina 'A Ride to End Alz' in memory of Mrs. Joanne Knight, but so many others have been added to the list and I am running out of space! I'm taking on the enormous physical challenge (252 miles in 3 days) and personal adventure of cycling across South Carolina, for after each day I can rest and recuperate, but those with Alzheimer's cannot.... I've also committed to raising awareness and funds to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association®. As I said in the previous years, I was fortunate that my mother only had the beginnings of dementia before she passed away. But watching a dear friend watch her incredible mother pass away from complications due to Alzheimer's will forever be in my memory. So, I ride for the caregivers too, these individuals endure so much heart ache but carry on for their love for the family member with Alzheimer's.
I am honored to ride in her memory and so many others! The number continues to increase as I learn more influential people in my life, that were diagnosed and lived with Alzheimer's. I am looking forward, God's will, to be a rider in the 2023 'Ride to End ALZ, for numerous reasons!
Did you know that more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. This number does not include the caregivers and family members that are impacted. Now is the time to come together to change the course of this disease!
Please support my efforts by making a donation and adding me to your prayers. All funds raised benefit the Alzheimer's Association and its work to enhance care and support programs and advance research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's disease.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer’s disease! Your support means the world to me on this memorable journey!