Alzheimer’s Association Drive to End Alzheimer’s Disease in the National Capital Region
[McLean, VA] April 8, 2022 – The Alzheimer’s Association will host its first-ever Ride to End ALZ in the nation’s capital on Saturday, May 15. More than 160 cyclists from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as states as far apart as Texas and Minnesota, and Hawaii, have registered for the inaugural cycling event, which joins a growing list of events Ride to End ALZ held across the country to raise funds and awareness to advance the search for the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease.
Prince George’s County resident Stacey King is a member of the volunteer community engagement committee responsible for planning the new event. King lost his maternal great-grandmother, paternal grandfather, and other family members to Alzheimer’s disease. Her maternal grandmother is now living with the disease.
“Alzheimer’s disease is a horrible way to lose someone you love,” King said. “This disease puts a tremendous and sometimes damaging strain on families, and our society is not properly equipped to support caregivers to the extent that they need it. I joined the Ride committee because I wanted to get involved in raising awareness. It really is a wonderful and powerful way to raise funds for a cure.
King has participated in other Alzheimer’s Association events including Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the Ride to End ALZ in New England, where she completed her first century (100 mile) ride in 2019. When Asked what she would say to encourage people to sign up ready for the event, King replied, “It’s a great way to honor loved ones lost to Alzheimer’s or other dementias by having a significant impact on the future of research. You realize you are not alone; it is a shared experience and we are all working together towards a cure.
The Ride to End ALZ will take place in Loudoun County, Virginia with the start and finish at Morven Park in Leesburg. Check-in opens at 6am and the ride starts at 7am. Participants can choose a 25 mile, 45 mile, 70 mile or 100 mile route with breathtaking views. The fully catered event will include rest areas along each route, as well as SAG (assistance and equipment), breakfast, lunch and live entertainment.
People can register for the Ride to End ALZ at alz.org/ride. Select the National Capital option to register for the event. All participants must be 13 years of age or older. Runners are required to make a registration donation to begin and agree to raise the minimum $500 fundraiser in order to participate. The registration donation will be taken into account in this minimum.
100% of proceeds from the Ride will support research into Alzheimer’s disease. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research, the Alzheimer’s Association is committed to accelerating global advancements in new treatments, prevention, and ultimately a cure. Learn more about al research alz.org/research. Participants can raise money for the Ride in a variety of ways, from online donations to creative fundraising requests, such as King’s Canning Workshops for Friends.
“My grandmother was a mega cannery. Growing up, I have memories of her pantry full of jars of pickles, jams and beans,” King said. “She sent me strawberry jam while I was in Australia completing my undergraduate studies. When I graduated and returned home, I realized she was not doing really no more preserves; she had just made me these jars of jam. She taught me how to preserve, and we have made many batches of jams and sauces together. Even now, she will help me, and does making or washing jars always brings up fond memories and stories.It’s wonderful to be able to share how I got into canning, which in part feels like carrying on a bit of its legacy.