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WKU students to fight Alzheimer’s disease

WKU students to fight Alzheimer’s disease

Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 8:00 pm

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Seven Western Kentucky University students hope to raise money and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease this summer by riding across America.
The Daily News of Bowling Green (http://bit.ly/KsSSl3) reports that the students are members of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and they hope to raise $175,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
That would be twice the amount that a different group from the same fraternity raised two years ago when they took a similar trip.
“We realized this was still a cause worth fighting for,” said Josh Amos, a Bowling Green junior who is helping to coordinate the ride but isn’t participating in it. Amos said his decision to get involved came after his aunt was diagnosed with dementia.
“I feel like it was a calling I couldn’t pass up,” Amos said.
Some of the participants also have personal experiences with the disease.
Winchester sophomore Austin Lanter said his grandmother has Alzheimer’s.
“Seeing the toll that it takes on her and my mom, it’s been hard for me,” Lanter said. “That’s kind of why I ride. I ride for her.”
Others don’t have a personal connection, but still want to help after hearing about how the disease impacts families.
“The hardest part is that you lose the person years before they actually die,” said Tyler Wittmer, a junior from Evansville, Ind.
The group plans to start its ride at International Falls, Minn., on May 25 and finish in Key West, Fla., on July 20. The 3,000-mile route will bring them through Bowling Green on June 22. Riders say they plan to stop in about 15 cities along the way to raise money at Alzheimer’s events they have organized.
The riders, who are trying to prepare physically for the long trek, have already raised more than $15,000 toward their goal.
“It’s incredible, the support we’ve received so far,” Wittmer said.
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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com
Published in The Messenger 5.9.12

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