Brookline man to ride to end Alzheimer’s

BROOKLINE – Larry Rodman, of Brookline, will bike 62 miles in the 2015 Ride to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, July 18. Beginning and ending in Fort Devens, Mass., the Ride provides a 2-mile family ride, 30-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile route reaching all the way from Western Massachusetts to Southern New Hampshire.

Rodman rides in memory of his grandfather, Hy Rod­man, a well known member of the Lowell, Mass., com­munity.

"He was a small business owner and a charitable man who believed in community," said Rodman. "He found­ed the 100 Club in Low­ell which provided college scholarships to the children of fallen fire fighters and po­lice officers. He had a smile on his face, always, and was beloved by many."

Rodman is part of the team A Ride Down Memo­ry Lane which is composed of 18 riders and has raise over $14,000 to date for the event.

"I want to contribute in any way that I can to help raise money for research," said Rodman. "I want people to have a chance to enjoy life right up until the end. I want a cure so I do not have to worry about Alzheimer’s for myself."

"Larry and the hundreds of other riders have made a big commitment to help fight Alzheimer’s," said Jim Wessler, president/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hamp­shire Chapter. "His commit­ment inspires us and it also supports critical research and programs."

More than 5 million people in the U.S. have Al­zheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The fatal disease of the brain has no cure yet, but the Al­zheimer’s Association is the international non-profit leader in research for effec­tive treatments and someday a cure.

Started by the Noon­an family, the event has raised more than $3,000,000 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. For more information about the Ride to End Alzheimer’s visit rtrendalz.org.