LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than six-million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. To raise money to help find a cure, 14 young men from Western Kentucky University are spending their summer biking across the country.
“We’re really here to end Alzheimer’s so any support is greatly appreciated,” says Justin Geilear, ride director.
Bike4Alz is a non-profit organization that began in 2010. Founder Tyler Jury started this cross country ride in honor of his grandfather who died from Alzheimer’s. This year marks the 9th bike ride for the cause. The bikers began May 22nd in San Francisco and have about two weeks left until they reach their final destination of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Wednesday night, the riders stopped in Lexington where they held a benefit night and silent auction at Goodfella’s Pizza. Bike4Alz says 10% of Goodfella’s sales and $1 of certain beverages went back to the organization to support Alzheimer’s research. Bike4Alz says it aims to raise $100,000 this year and has reached half of this goal.
The bikers say each day, they dedicate the ride to someone who has suffered from Alzheimer’s. The organization asks people to help it “Dedicate A Day” by filling out a form on the website with the information of someone you’d like the bikers to honor.
To learn more about Alzheimer’s, donate to the organization or “Dedicate A Day”, go to www.bike4alz.org.