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Annual "Ride to Remember" to aid victims of Alzheimer's

MORRISONVILLE Kathleen Freeman wants to help people with Alzheimers disease. Her mother, the late Barbara Tobin, was robbed of her life from the degenerative condition at the age of 71. After my mom passed in 2005, I participated in an Alzheimers Walk that wasnt very well attended, said the Cadyville woman. It was then I decided I wanted to do something in her memory that would bring together the support of the community. Freeman came up with the idea for a benefit motorcycle ride and contacted the Northeastern New York Alzheimers Disease Assistance Center. The center was very receptive to the idea and very supportive, she said. She then contacted the American Legion Riders, the motorcycle club from American Legion Post 1619, who also offered their support in leading the ride. The success of the event has grown, bringing it to its third year, she said. This disease is affecting so many people and this event is something that helps people right here in the community, said Freeman. This years event will be held next Saturday, July 12, beginning at the American Legion Post on Rand Hill Road. The day will begin with registration at 9 a.m., with the round-trip ride to follow at 10 a.m. Even though the event centers around a motorcycle ride, its by no means the only part of the festivities planned for next Saturday, said Freeman. There will be lots of things to do for people besides riding a motorcycle, she said. Its not just a motorcycle ride; its really a fun all-day event thats open to the public. Events beginning at the post at approximately 1 p.m. will include a barbecue, an auction, raffle and 50/50 drawings, and performances by live bands. Bands will include BootLeg, Krisis, Red Neck Aliens, and Angry Neighbors. A tattoo artist will also be on site again this year. The cost to register for the motorcycle ride is $15 per rider or $25 for a rider and passenger, which includes the price of the barbecue. Those wishing to only enjoy the barbecue will be charged $10 each. The event will be held rain or shine. Those interested in registering for the ride or in obtaining more information, may contact Freeman at 293-6496. Donations for the event are also still being accepted. Registration forms are also available at Lake City Choppers, 594 State Route 3, Plattsburgh.

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