Bike 4 ALZ riders meet with local Alzheimer's patients

Published: Jul. 6, 2018 at 4:28 PM CDT
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The men biking across the country to raise money for Alzheimer's research got to interact with some local Alzheimer's patients on Friday.

The group is biking over 3,000 miles across the U.S. this summer as they raise money for research to help end the disease that so many of the patients have at Magnolia Village.

To be able to visit and interact with those patients, riders say, is an experience that leaves a mark.

"So you just get here and you see the actual hard truth of why you want to ride," said Jeremy Latham, one of the riders for Bike 4 ALZ. "You talk to these people and you might end up having the same conversation over and over and you're just like, 'man.' You're on the bike the next day and it gets you fired up and you crank out 15 more miles and before you know it your done."

At Magnolia Village, the patients were ecstatic to be able to enjoy the company of those bikers. Those in management tell 13 News that it's incredible to see how hard they're working to make an impact.

"It just shows that people are fighting, you know, trying to find a cure, trying to fund-raise, and to be here, the home of Western Kentucky University, where a lot of these guys are from, it's just profound that they're able to come to our center and visit our residents." added Jennifer Soldevilla, director of Magnolia Village.

The group of bikers will be in downtown Bowling Green on Friday evening at the SOKY Marketplace to spend time with the community and raise money for their cause.

The event is at 6 p.m. and admission is $5.