NJxCAN for Alzheimer's

$7,120 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 2 months
UPDATE: AS OF AUGUST 30th - we have cycled a total of 6,936km and we’re officially done biking.

This summer 2018, we (Nick Lagacé & James Martin) will be biking across Canada in order to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer's research. We are flying out of Hamilton, Ontario this Canada Day (July 1st) to Vancouver, British Columbia, and we plan to start biking eastbound on July 4th. 

Proceeds raised via this GoFundMe page will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Canada at the end of our cycling journey (late August - early September 2018). With our combined competitive spirit, we're hoping that we'll make impressive timing.

So...who are we?

We are two recent Kinesiology graduates from the University of Western Ontario, and we share an intense passion for: healthy living, physical activity, human movement, nutrition, health promotion, camping, the outdoors, Alzheimer's research, and of course - cycling! 

We first met each other during our first year of university and we've been great friends ever since. Fortunately enough, we were both assigned the same residence floor (8-Middle of Saugeen-Maitland Hall - for our fellow Western Alumni), which also happened to be the Kinesiology floor. And now, with four years of great memories behind us, and a newly acquired degree, we hope to create another lifelong memory that'll not only be cherished by us, but also by all Canadians who have been, continue to be, and will potentially be affected by Alzheimer's.

We are two very hard-working and ambitious individuals, so we hope to gain your support and raise at least $100,000 for Alzheimer's by the end of our cycling tour. But we definitely can't do it without your help!

What is Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, and it's an irreversible disease of the brain. This awful disease destroys an individuals brain cells, which causes their functional and cognitive abilities to deteriorate. Symptoms of Alzheimer's usually develop slowly and they progressively get worse overtime. This disease should not be confused with normal parts of aging. 

Alzheimer's is also a fatal disease. And as the disease progresses, it negatively affects the following areas: 

1. Physical abilities

2. Behaviour

3. Cognitive and functional abilities

4. Emotions and moods

As a result of these areas being affected, an individual suffering from Alzheimer's becomes more dependent on their family, friends, and community members to help them with simple daily tasks, such as: eating, getting dressed, using the washroom and more. 

Currently, there are several medications that can help with some of the symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease, but there is unfortunately no cure. So we hope to raise a considerable amount of funds that will help in the efforts of finding a cure and other preventive measures. 


Why do we want to ride for Alzheimer's?

We want to ride for Alzheimer's because it's a very scary disease, which is very difficult to cope with; both for the patient and their caregiver(s). We believe that no one should suffer or witness one of their loved ones suffer from such an awful disease now or ever. 

We also really want to ride for Alzheimer's because both of Nick's grandfather's have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and he's seen firsthand the negative effects that this disease can have on a individual, their friends, community, and of course, their family. Nick's grandfather on his mother's side, Maurice Dionne, passed away as a result of Alzheimer's during late 2003. And currently, his grandfather on his father's side, Raymond Lagacé, is still battling the disease in New Brunswick as you read this. Thus, we're riding for both of them, and for anyone else whose been affected by Alzheimer's. We also plan to visit Raymond Lagacé as we cycle through New Brunswick later this summer. 

Since we're both extremely passionate about healthy living , and because one of the best ways to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's and other Dementia's is by taking care of your overall health, we thought that biking across the country would be an appropriate way to spread the message and gain support. So although there is no cure, we hope to inspire and encourage other Canadians to get active, eat healthy, go outside, and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Canada before one day, we regret not taking action for ourselves and our loved ones. We're hoping to encourage people to begin prioritizing their physical, mental, spiritual, social, and emotional health going forward. 

So why should you support NJxCAN?

We hope we're able to gain your support because we aspire to raise awareness, funds, and ultimately create a discussion about Alzheimer's. We want to do all this by engaging people during our cycling tour by inspiring them to get involved, volunteer, get active, eat healthy, educate themselves about Alzheimer's and to get outside in order to enjoy our beautiful Canadian landscape and culture. A culture of caring for and helping others! 

Take care of yourself and others today, so that you can enjoy the moments of now and tomorrow. 

Please consider donating and spreading the word. 

Any amount of financial support is greatly appreciated! 

Also, feel free to contact us via any of the methods listed below, with any questions, information, photos, travel ideas, personal stories, Alzheimer's news, cycling tips, camping tips, sponsorships, and anything really... We'd love to hear from you!

Follow our Journey! 

Be sure to follow us on social media for a daily dose of positivity and motivation, as well as Alzheimer's facts, stories, and news! We'll be sharing our location, photos, videos, blogs, and much more. Starting July 1st, 2018. 

Facebook: NJxCAN
Instagram: @njxcan

Twitter: @njxcan

Also, check out our little website for more information and constant updates:

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We’ve officially arrived in Saskatchewan! The Prairies are definitely much different than the mountains. And we’ve been biking in a heat wave for the last two days. Today’s high was 36 degrees celsius. Since we’ve left Calgary (Sunday), we’ve cycled a total of 425km. We just wish there were a little more trees or mountains to block some of this sun. It’s a hot one!

Thanks for your support everyone. Please share this GoFundMe with your friends, family, and coworkers. Thank you!

Nick & James
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We have almost finished our journey in BC. Tomorrow we'll be riding to Canmore, AB. Currently we're in Field, BC. Our fundraiser is going well so far, and our ride has been incredibly beautiful. Thanks to everyone for spreading the news and sharing our mission to raise awareness for Alzheimer's. Total cycling distance as of today, Tour Day 9 = 953km.
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