Why I Ride:
I'm determined to bike 75 miles for the more than 6 million individuals with Alzheimer’s, and for the over 11 millions friends and family members caring for their loved ones with Alzheimer's disease.
This year I'm riding to honor my dad, Bert Carney who died September 8, 2023. My dad had shown signs of Dementia/ Alzheimer’s for a few years, but wasn't formally diagnosis until March of 2023. It was heartbreaking to see him struggle with not only loosing his wife of 65 years but also to watch the quick decline of both physical and cognitive functions. Over the course of a year, my dad went from driving his car and living independently in his own home to not being able to write a check and being a resident in an assisted living facility. He was in and out of the hospital numerous times and had 3 stints at rehab facilities. Eventually the infections accelerated his dementia, and he passed away from aspiration pneumonia.
Loosing both my parents to this horrible disease within 9 months of each other has left me feeling hopeless. but it also has inspired me to support current Alzheimer’s research efforts through Ride to End ALZ® on June 10. This cycling event supports the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to discover methods of treatment and prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.
Right now, there is no shortage of ideas in Alzheimer’s research- only dollars. Which is why I'm asking for your support. I'm participating on the Ride to End Alz®.
With each mile I ride, I'm raising funds to advance research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s. Please consider a donation.