Ride to end Alzheimer’s: Brothers go the distance to honor their mom

Join the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter’s RIDE to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, June 24.

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BEDFORD, NH ­– Brothers Tony and John Attardo will bike a collective 130 miles to honor the memory of their mother in the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter’s RIDE to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, June 24. Starting and finishing at Odiorne State Park in Rye, the RIDE provides a 2-, 30-, 62- and 100-mile route through the towns of coastal New Hampshire and the north shore of Massachusetts.

“My brother John and I ride for not only for our mom Josephine, but for all the countless families affected by this disease,” shared Tony, a Hudson resident, who joins the ride for his third consecutive year cycling 100-miles for the event.

“As the youngest of seven kids, I want to do everything I can to aide in a cure,” said John, a Manchester resident. “My brother started doing this ride a few years ago and last year I joined him. I was very nervous and didn’t know if I could ride 30-miles. During those last few miles I was tired but I kept thinking how proud my mother would be of me. At the end I felt a sense of pride, accomplishment and contribution.”

To date, the brothers have raised over $2,100 for the event.

Started by the Noonan family, the RIDE to End Alzheimer’s formerly called Memory Ride, grew from a small, family-inspired event to a cycling challenge attracting riders throughout New England and beyond. Each year, 90 percent of the funds raised are given to research restricted grants for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The remaining 10 percent of the proceeds fund programs and services in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Since the event began 21 years ago, the RIDE to End Alzheimer’s has raised over $4 million.

“We know that five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, by 2050 this number could rise as high as sixteen million,” said Autumn Hotaling, Development Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter. “We must find meaningful treatment and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. With the awareness and funds raised by our RIDE to End Alzheimer’s cyclists, we will move closer to our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.”

To register or volunteer at the RIDE to End Alzheimer’s event, visit alzmass.org/ride.

About the Alzheimer’s Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit www.alz.org/MANH or call 800.272.3900.

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