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Annapolis Man Rides 100 Miles to End Alzheimer’s

Annapolis resident Jeff Harbeson will make his second 100-mile bike ride to support the Alzheimer’s Association.

Harbeson (far right) at last year's Ride to End Alzheimer's with his team. Credit: Sent from Jeff Harbeson, taken by another rider.
Harbeson (far right) at last year's Ride to End Alzheimer's with his team. Credit: Sent from Jeff Harbeson, taken by another rider.
An Annapolis man who has experienced what Alzheimer’s disease does to both the individuals diagnosed with it and their caregivers will participate in the 100-mile Ride to End Alzheimer’s.

Jeff Harbeson, a recent retiree from the United States Navy, will embark on a 100-mile journey from Western Massachusetts to Southern New Hampshire on July 12.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Alzheimer’s Association to fund research and treatment. In the past 18 years, this event has raised over $3 million for the organization.

For Harbeson, the cause is one that hits home.

“I’ve seen the effects of Alzheimer’s firsthand,” Harbeson told Patch. “My father-in-law passed away from Alzheimer’s. My mom has Alzheimer’s dementia. This past year, my wife’s aunt passed away from Alzheimer’s. So, that’s pretty close and personal. I’ve seen what that does to the individual and to caregivers. It’s the caregivers that have to provide the care and support in that time and that’s intensive. If I can make a difference on that in some small way, I’d like to do it.”

Harbeson said a friend from Boston convinced him to do the ride. Last year, Harbeson rode with his friend and a team of other riders; he is looking forward to taking the ride with the same group this year.

“I thought this is a way to give back, to do something for a good cause and at the same time it’s a personal satisfaction in completing a 100-mile bike ride,” he said. “More importantly, it does something for a good cause -- the Alzheimer’s Association.”

Harbeson is looking forward to increased numbers of riders at the event this year, reaching the goal of 100 miles and raising money to contribute to “end this terrible disease.”


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