Pedal for Progress
For the past few months it's taken to plan this trip, I've been exclusively focused on the most meticulous of details. My packing list (what exactly will I need, how much does it all weigh, where can I cut corners and where should I splurge), the route I'll be taking (What roads are best? Which ones should I avoid?), the list goes on.
There's an important practicality in being this diligent, sure, but with my mind buried in gear-ratio forums for weeks at a time, it never even occurred to me an opportunity was presenting itself. An opportunity to take this gargantuan task I would be undertaking, and redirect the focus from myself onto a much more important and often overlooked subject.
Considering I'll be hitting the pavement in June, I've decided a much deserving subject would be Alzheimer's Awareness Month. The 6th leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases will cost the nation nearly $280 billion. By 2050, that number could eclipse $1 trillion.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association advances research to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.
I've set a goal of $1000, which works out to just over $0.25 per mile I'll be pedaling. If you wish to join me and this cause, I've set recommended donation amounts of $15, $35 $60, or $100 in accordance with the Alzheimer Association's website , but a donation of any amount really does make a difference.
Follow my journey on my blog, and stand with the Alzheimer's Association as they continue to lead the charge in finding a cure. Thank you for reading, and for any contributions.