Doug Orifice, of Watertown, will bike 62 miles in the 2016 Ride to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, June 11, the Alzheimer’s Association announced. Beginning and ending at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, the Ride provides a 2-mile, 30-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile route along southern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts.
Orifice joined the Ride to End Alzheimer’s in 2013 months after he lost his grandfather Alzheimer’s.
“After giving the eulogy at my Grandfather’s funeral I made the decision to fight back against this disease,” said Orifice. “Because I’ve seen the seriousness of this disease firsthand, I would like to do my part in making a difference.”
Started by the Noonan family, the event has raised almost $4,000,000 for Alzheimer’s disease research. Formerly called Memory Ride, the Ride to End Alzheimer’s grew from a small, family-inspired event to a cycling challenge attracting riders throughout New England and beyond.
”The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to accelerating the progress of treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure forAlzheimer’s disease,” said Jim Wessler, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “The Ride to End Alzheimer’s is crucial in helping us fund Alzheimer’s and dementia researchers. It also provides critical support and education to people living with Alzheimer’s and their families throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.”
For more information about the Ride to End Alzheimer’s visit alzmass.org/ride.