What We Do
Our summer-long, cross-country trek will consist of biking, fundraising events, and spreading awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease. We want to leave our mark on each town we visit, whether through hosting events, exchanging stories about Alzheimer’s, volunteering at local senior living facilities, or making new friends.
Biking across the country will let us run into quite a few people. Besides our awesome cause, we will stick out with our tight jerseys and well-defined tan lines. (We’ll bike 3,600 miles in the sun!) People will want to know our story. Staying in homes every night will help us make connections within each community we bike through. We ride for those affected by this horrible disease.
Six years and four rides later, Bike4Alz has covered over 10,000 miles and raised nearly $200,000 for research.
We stand on the shoulders of giants. However, there’s more work to be done.
How We Started
Bike4Alz’s first mile came during the summer of 2010. Our founder Tyler Jury experienced the pain of losing his grandfather, Barret Cummings, to Alzheimer’s. Tyler and five of his fraternity brothers, inspired by the recent death, crossed the country on bikes to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
Getting off the ground wasn’t easy, but Tyler and his brothers were filled with purpose. That first team worked tirelessly during the 18 months of preparation and the nine-week trek from San Diego to Yorktown. The final result: nearly $60,000 raised for research and the foundation for future rides.
This summer marks cross-country trek number five for Bike4Alz.
For the first time ever, Bike4Alz will ride back-to-back summers, instead of every two. Most teams had two years to prepare. This team has 10 months.
Although the riders change each summer, our mission never will. It only grows. With each year, we want to serve more and more. We want to reach more people and affect more lives with every mile. And we need your help.
This summer, we will ride from San Francisco, California, to Virginia Beach, Virginia, covering over 3,600 miles. Along the way, we have organized events in the communities we ride through.