Over the course of 5 weeks Mark trained to ride more than 80 miles per day. Although much harder than anticipated, he was set on completing the 260-mile Ride to End ALZ. “The frequent hills and brutal temps took a toll on this flatlander, but I was determined,” he said.
Mark began with a goal to raise $750, the minimum required to ride in the event. “I figured I was just going to write a $750 check and be done with it,” he explained. However, after sending a few emails and turning to social media, Mark was surprised to discover how many people were willing to help out. Friends, family, schoolmates, colleagues, and fellow Water Pointers came together to help him raise $15,665 — the 5th highest total in the entire fundraiser.
His group with Calder Brothers Cycling Team raised over $116,000. This is almost twice as much from the previous year, and dubbed the team as the highest fundraiser for 2022. In total, the event of about 350 riders raised over $860,000 toward the fight to end Alzheimer’s. “I’m proud of what we did,” Mark said. “I was more impressed and touched by the generosity… thank you to everyone who donated!”