Riding through Laurens County
300 Bicyclists To Face Heat, Raise Funds through Cross-State Ride “A Ride to Remember” supports the Alzheimer’s Association
Charleston - On July 15-17, 2016, the Alzheimer’s Association will hold its 8th annual “A Ride to Remember,” a cross-state cycling event benefiting the South Carolina Chapter. Nearly 300 cyclists will undertake a well-supported 250+ mile journey from Simpsonville to Mt. Pleasant over the course of three days, with stops in Newberry and Orangeburg along the way. This year's event is presented by Greenville Health System and Greenville Cycling & Multi-Sport
Registration for A Ride to Remember will close on July 1, so it is not too late for interested cyclists to participate. The event has already raised $260,000 to provide Alzheimer’s support services, education and research programs through the Alzheimer's Association. The community may donate to support the cause at www.aridetoremember.org.
“We are so grateful for the riders in this event and for the volunteers who make the ride logistically possible,” said Ashton Houghton, Vice President of Development for the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter. “Their dedication mirrors that of caregivers across the state who persevere in the fight against Alzheimer’s every day. The funds they've raised will provide local support services in South Carolina, as well as support Alzheimer's research efforts at the national level through the Alzheimer's Association.”
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological disorder that currently impacts 84,000 people in South Carolina. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Additionally, less than half (45 percent) of seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or their caregivers are aware of the diagnosis. Diagnosis is often delayed due to low public awareness of the early signs of Alzheimer’s and general misperceptions about Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
The Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter provides a 24-Hour Helpline (800-272-3900), information and referral, support groups, caregiver respite vouchers, care consultation, education programs and safety services to families affected by the disease. A portion of all funds raised will support national research efforts to determine the cause of and potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information: www.alz.org/sc or 800-272-3900