Why I Ride: While Alzheimer's does not run in my family, there have been a lot of close family friends that have suffered first hand from the disease or have cared for their spouse or loved one that has suffered from the disease. I am riding for those who are at risk, for those who have the disease, for those who are currently caring for someone that is suffering from the disease, and especially for my wife's uncle Ron Clowes of Hawke's Bay New Zealand who is in the late stages of Alzheimer's.
Ron, before his disease, was a world-class runner, excellent father, and an even better grandfather. All of which faded from his memory. He was one of the first people that I met from my wife's family and, while he was in the very early stages then, he was a wonderful man to be around.
Ron and his wife are my catalysts. I am determined to go the distance for them and for all those affected by Alzheimer’s. 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 coming from a background in psychology and brain research.
Right now, there is no shortage of ideas in Alzheimer’s research — only dollars. This is why I am asking for your support. I am participating in the Ride to End ALZ, a fully-supported, 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.