My name is Jeremy Latham and I am from Paducah, Kentucky. I am a current sophomore at WKU pursuing a major in Biochemistry with minors in both Biophysics and Economics, following a Pre-Medical concentration. My family, like many others, has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and I am riding to join the fight.
When I was a junior in High School, my grandmother moved into a condo a mile away from my house. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who only wished to improve the lives of those around her. I remember driving her to my soccer games, celebrating with her at my graduation, boating with her in the summertime, and laughing at her tacky jokes during our many dinner dates. Unfortunately, she doesn’t remember any of this anymore as she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016. It is now heartbreaking to visit her in an assisted-living facility as she struggles to remember which grandchild I am, and all the smiles and memories we shared.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the US and has taken a piece of my life along with so many other lives. This summer, I am riding for my grandmother and all the other families who are affected by this disease. If you are reading this, please join us in our journey as we Bike4Alz.