‘Pedal with a Purpose’ ride aims to end Alzheimer’s
Linda Thornbury volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association. She says one out of three people knows someone with the disease.
‘We want to no longer have to come out and do events like this,” says Thornbury. “We’d like one day for people to say, ‘You know, I remember when we used to have to really work to end Alzheimer’s and now it’s gonna be ended one day. That’s our goal.”
Cyclists ranged from recreational to professional racing teams. Among them was the former Athens Police Chief, who pedaled alongside his Tidal Wave Car Spa Bike Team.
“Many of the riders, including myself, have parents and grandparents that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and we’re very aware of the problems that they raise,” explained Mike Vizzini.
Part of the money raised is used to train first responders on how to effectively handle Alzheimer patients and to fund support group classes.