Why I Ride: On April 18th I've decided to challenge myself and ride 50 miles for a great cause. 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.
On a much more personal level, I am doing this ride for one of the most intelligent, kind hearted and caring individuals I had the privilege of befriending and caring for the last two years of her life, Laura Ott Reif. Laura made a huge impact with her contributions to The 36 Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life, a book that even to this day is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and useful publications for anyone facing these challenges. She received her Phd in Gerontology and was a professor at Berkeley. Sadly, even after dedicating her entire life to this cause, it took her in the end.
Right now, there is no shortage of ideas in Alzheimer’s research — only dollars. Which is why I am asking for your support. I am participating on the Ride to End ALZ, a fully-supported, one day 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.