1. To raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease and its effects.
2. Inspire others to make a difference in their community.
3. To raise $100,000 for the Brightfocus Foundation.
The History of Bike4Alz:
In 2010, 6 fraternity brothers biked from California to Virginia and raised $56,000 for Alzheimer's. The ride, known as Fijis Across America, started when Western Kentucky University sophomore, Tyler Jury, was inspired by the loss of his grandfather to help seek an end this disease. Here is some of Tyler's story:
"Fijis Across America came from my desires to bike cross-country and to help in the fight against Alzheimer's. My grandfather lived with Alzheimer's for almost 4 years. Watching his health decline and the toll it took on my family was tough. I decided that I wanted to do something to help in the search for a cure to Alzheimer's.
It has always been a goal of mine to achieve what most people consider unattainable; like thru- hiking the Appalachian Trail, staying on a rodeo bull for 8 seconds, or climbing Mount Everest. On July 9, 2008 (my 18th birthday) I sat down and made out a list of "50 things I want to do before I die", and it just so happened that cycling across America was #7 on this list. The following text has been written to tell you about how one of my biggest dreams has turned into a reality, and how this reality has the potential to make a difference nationwide in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
In the spring of 2005 my grandfather, Barrett Cummings, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. My grandfather served as a pilot in the Air Force and spent most of his career as a firefighter. He owned his own construction business and built my family's first house, was a deacon in his local church, and served his Masonic Lodge as Grand Master. However, over the next 4 years I was forced to watch my grandfather slowly become a different man. At the time of his death it was tough to remember all of the great accomplishments of his life. Alzheimer's disease had completely changed who he was.
Seeing the impact Alzheimer's disease had on my grandfather inspired me to do something to honor his life and to raise money to fund research for this disease. That is how Fijis Across America came about."
From Fijis Across America came Bike4Alz. The riders wanted to do the ride again, bigger and better. The riders ride to inspire people to push for a cure to end this terrible disease. With your help, we can end Alz!
If you would like, you can add your name and a short message to our Guest Book. Thank you.
Nice meeting you guys out on the road today. Good luck with the Appalachians. Finish strong this week!
Mon, Jun 30, 2014
I watched my mother, who was my best friend, lose her battle with this horrible disease. It is never easy to say goodbye to those we love but to watch them be stolen away day by day is even more painful. I so admire what you guys are doing and I will support you in everyway I can. I will be in Louisville to wish you God speed on the rest of your journey. May your efforts be magnified by the support you receive.
Thank you Tyler for representing our Louisville WKU Alumni with such passion.
Carroll Sharp Upsilon Kappa '67
Fri, May 23, 2014
Great goal and fantistic courage to make this trek. Wishing you safety and fair winds.
Richard Keier, Sigma '61
Fri, May 23, 2014
What a fantastic project, brothers! I wish each of you a very safe ride and will be grateful for your support of this foundation research! Perge!