COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - On July 13-15, 2018, the Alzheimer’s Association will hold its 10th annual “A Ride to Remember,” a cross-state cycling event benefiting the South Carolina Chapter. The 350 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.
Janette Robinson is riding in honor of her mother. She said she began seeing changes with her mother in 2005 but she wasn’t diagnosed until 2014. Robinson is just one of the many riders who are cycling to raise awareness and funds.
The event has already raised over $450,000, 60% of their $750,000 goal, 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.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological disorder that currently impacts 89,000 people in South Carolina. South Carolina holds the title as the state with the highest Alzheimer’s Mortality rate in the nation. 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.