A Coachella Valley-based motorcycle group that
raises funds for charitable causes are planning their second annual Ride to
End Alzheimer's on Saturday Nov. 2.
The Desert Riders Association event starts with registration at 8:30 a.m.
at Palm Springs Harley-Davidson, 19465 North Indian Canyon, according to organizers.
$15 per biker and includes lunch and a raffle ticket for
$500 in cash prizes, according to organizers. Those without their own motorcycle can ride tandem
on the back of a bike for $25, including lunch and the raffle ticket.
The run departure is at 9:30 a.m.
and two groups will visit local senior living facilities in Palm
Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta and Indio, according to organizers.
The groups plan to meet up at Caleo Bay Alzheimer's Special Care Center in La Quinta, which
is hosting the lunch. Riders visit with residents at all the
facilities and show their motorcycles as part of an interactive social
year the biggest surprise was the beautiful exchanges between biker and
residents," said Ken Fort, who is a DRA member and Ride to End Alzheimer's
coordinator. "For me, this is about the residents. We want to bring
some small amount of excitement and joy to them. Everything else is
minor, even the money we generate. Everyone is invited to participate:
All bikes, anyone who wants to ride on the back of a bike, anyone in a
car is invited."
The Alzheimer's Association is billed as the first and largest voluntary health
organization dedicated to Alzheimer's research and support. Its mission
is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through advancement of
research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and
to reduce risks of dementia through promotion of brain health.
Here's more from Ride to End Alzheimer's organizers:
As part of its ongoing commitment to the Coachella Valley, the
Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter is a
collaborative partner with Eisenhower Medical Center and USC Keck School
of Medicine in offering the Memory Assessment Center as a
resource to the community.
With an estimated 11,000-plus families in the Coachella Valley,
and a projected increase to more than 27,000 over the next 20 years,
the Alzheimer's Association brings help and hope to those facing the
challenges of Alzheimer's each day. For more info visit www.alz.org/socal. The Coachella Valley Regional Service Center is located at 69-730 Highway 111, Suite 100, Rancho Mirage. Local phone number is (760) 328-6767.