A group of college students from Western Kentucky University stopped in Blacksburg Wednesday as part of their coast-to-coast biking trip to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
The students have been biking for two months. They started their trip in San Francisco and their last stop will be Virginia Beach.
The group calls themselves Bike4Alz. According to their website, they try to leave their mark on every town they visit whether through hosting events, exchanging stories about Alzheimer’s disease, volunteering at local senior living facilities, or making new friends.
The organization was started by a biker in 2010 when his grandfather passed away from Alzheimer’s disease.
The group took the day off from biking Wednesday to visit the residents at The Memory Care Unit of the Crossings in Blacksburg.
“We are doing this because the people on the team have been affected by Alzheimer’s in some way, if not directly by someone you know,” said Jake Edmunds, a bike rider.
“It’s just a great opportunity to give back and bring awareness to this disease and meet these people and hear their stories.”
Currently, they have a group of 11 bikers and two drivers, they’ve had 11 stops on the two-month route and are on the last leg of their trip. Edmunds explained they haven’t had too many hurdles on their trip but have learned that mountains are tough to bike up and rain and wind can make the journey tough as well.
They’ve been fortunate to not have any injuries.
Their goal is to raise $50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association and are close to reaching their goal.
If you are interested in donating money to their cause or learning more about their organization, click here.