Cyclists ride to raise money for Alzheimer’s research and treatment

(WSPA)

More than 300 cyclists will ride across South Carolina this weekend to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s Disease treatment and research for a cure.

The ride is sponsored by Greenville Health System and Greenville Cycling and Multi-Sport.

Cyclists will start from Heritage Park on Friday morning and finish on Sunday at the USS Yorktown in Charleston.

This ride has an extremely large staff with volunteers helping cyclists all along the 250 mile course from the Upstate to the Low Country.

Organizers said they’ve already raised more than $350,000 but can grow that number with more support.

Cyclists like Wally Bishop of Vive Cycling said they want to see a cure as soon as possible.

“We have a lot of people working to make sure we not only meet the goal but exceed the goal so we can give caretaker support and provide money for research,” he said.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and more than 84 thousand people in SC are living with the disease.

Organizer Beth Sulkowski said this ride is specific to South Carolina and is successful in providing funds to make research possible.

“It can be depressing to think about. You feel like there’s no hope but there’s a lot of research going on. It’s a hopeful field from supporting families locally and being here for you across the state,” said Sulkowski.

To support the cause visit aridetoremember.org

The Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina Chapter provides a 24- Hour Helpline (800 272 3900) for information and referrals.

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