Woman Rides Through Brazos Valley As She Cycles Across The Country For Alzheimer's Disease

By: Alex Lotz Email
By: Alex Lotz Email

GRIMES COUNTY - Clipping her cleats in at the Best Western Hotel in Navasota, Rona Altschuler is ready for another day on the road. She along with 29 other riders from around the world started their coast to coast journey March 7 in San Diego.

"We're about two-thirds of the way through," she said as she took in the Texas scenery.

The 59-year-old is riding across the country to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's disease in memory of her mother, and her mom is making the journey with her.

"This is my mom," she said pointing to a picture of her mom on her bicycle. "She died of Alzheimer's in 2011, April 22, the day before my birthday."

She said her mom's memory encourages and helps her get up those tough hills.

"Sometimes I'll ride and I will just reach over my handlebars and just touch it for inspiration," she said. "Just to put my hand on that gives me strength and energy as I am riding. I know she's with me."

Altschuler said she didn't even own a bike until she decided to face this this journey, but is up for the challenge.

"I'm extremely grateful to have this opportunity to advocate for Alzheimer's and doing it on the seat of a bike is just another journey of my life and I am forever grateful."

Mile by mile, she is honoring her mother's memory the best way she knows how.

"I hope to be a better person when I finish this journey knowing that I've made a difference," she said. "I hope and pray every day that the word gets out about Alzheimer's and we get it of the closet and start talking about it."

She is urging people to talk about the disease and says that it's nothing to be ashamed of.

"That's my hope, is to let people talk about mom or dad or sister or brother that have it and not be ashamed to say that my loved one has Alzheimer's and yes, they don't know me, but by the grace of God, we know them," she said.

It's her driving force that will push her all the way to the east coast of Florida in a few weeks.

Altschuler hopes to raise $10,000 for the Alzheimer's Association by the end of her trip. So far, she has raised more than $7,000.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@kbtx.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 255114121 - kbtx.com/a?a=255114121
Gray Television, Inc.