MELROSE (CBS) – A Melrose man is on an epic journey, biking throughout the nation to boost consciousness and cash to discover a treatment for Alzheimer’s illness.
Mike Henry has known as this journey his ‘Longest Summer time’ as a nod to the Alzheimer’s Affiliation’s ‘Longest Day’ which raises cash on the primary day of summer season.
For Henry, it’s a four,230 mile trip from Oregon to Virginia. He began pedaling on July 1st and made some deliberate and unplanned stops alongside the way in which – staying at hostels, church buildings, campsites and the occasional household or buddy’s home alongside his route.
After a month on the highway, Henry made it to Colorado, the place he loved a couple of days off and met up with household. All of them know why Henry determined to tackle this problem, their mom handed away from the illness.
“My mother was actually the ethical compass of our household,” defined Henry. “She actually was all about household. Liked her siblings, her mother and father, her husband, her youngsters. And it was actually tough seeing her slowly decline.”
Henry’s father had the monetary wherewithal to make preparations so his mom may get the care she wanted. Whereas it was emotional to observe his mother slip away, Henry says it may be a lot tougher on households who can’t pay for the care their family members want.
So that’s the reason Henry determined to pack up his bike and get transferring with the purpose of elevating $50,000 by the top of August.
He has already biked by way of a number of the hardest mountain passes within the nation, handled flat tires, the warmth, plenty of bugs and the loneliness on the highway. However his final purpose of serving to households retains pushing him ahead. He mentioned not one of the challenges evaluate to what this devastating illness places households by way of.
“I’ve to say that each time issues actually get tough, I consider these people who find themselves caregivers for these affected by Alzheimer’s and they’re actually my inspiration. They actually, what they provide up and the love they present these affected by Alzheimer’s is actually inspiring to me.”
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