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.