A Ride to Remember: second annual benefit for NENY Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center

PLATTSBURGH If youve ever heard the rumble of over 127 motorcycles, its something youd certainly remember for a long, long time - that is unless you had the misfortune to be overcome by the wrath of Alzheimers disease.

Ironic as it may sound, that was the reason for the mass of motorcycles that took off with the American Legion Riders from the American Legion Post 1619 in West Plattsburgh last Sunday morning. The Ride to Remember, along with the live music by local bands, raffles and auction were all held to benefit the Northeastern NY Alzheimers Disease Assistance Center, in memory of Barbara Tobin, of Cadyville.

My mom passed away in December of 2005, said Kathleen Freeman. She actually had Lewy Body disease, which is a form of dementia, and a very fast-moving disease.

Freeman said her mother had lived with the disease about 10 years, eight of them in a nursing home.

Freeman and her sisters, Trish Liberty and Colleen West organized the event, which was hosted by the Post 1619, the Sons of the Legion, the Auxiliary and the American Legion Riders.

Last year, their first, they raised about $8,000; this years unofficial total, according to Freeman, is at least $10,000.

Freeman said they had a lot of support form many area businesses and people in the form of volunteerism and donations, all of which she and her family are very grateful for.

We cant possibly mention them all, but Kool 105 gave us free radio spots, and we had some great corporate sponsors, Freeman said.

We were sponsored by Valcour Imaging, my place of employment, and Sams Club, she added, and each of the four groups belonging to the Legion gave funds to total $1,000 as well.

I cant say enough about how wonderful people have been.

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