Jeff Harbeson, of Annapolis, will bike 100 miles in the 2014 Ride to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, July 12. Beginning and ending in Fort Devens, MA the Ride provides a 2-mile family ride, 30-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile route reaching all the way from Western Massachusetts to Southern New Hampshire.
The Ride to End Alzheimer’s grew from a small, family-inspired event, formerly called Memory Ride to a cycling challenge attracting riders throughout New England and beyond. The event raises awareness and funds to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s research of treatments and eventually a cure for Alzheimer’s.
“Over the past 18 years, Ride to End Alzheimer’s has raised more than $3 million to fund critical Alzheimer’s research through the Alzheimer’s Association’s research grants program,” said James Wessler, CEO and President of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter. “We are grateful for the dedication of Jeff, and all of those participating in the Ride for their commitment to finding a cure and raising awareness.”
The Alzheimer’s Association, with headquarters in Watertown, has regional offices in Springfield, Raynham, and Worcester, MA and Bedford and Lebanon, NH. The Alzheimer Association provides services and programs for those with Alzheimer’s, family and professional caregivers in the form of support groups, a 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, advocacy efforts, research funding and education programs.