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WKU students honored by Louisville mayor for biking across U.S. for Alzheimer’s

Nine WKU students were honored June 22 with a proclamation by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer for their dedication to raising awareness and funding for Alzheimer’s through a cross-country bike ride.

The Bike4Alz group left Bowling Green on June 26 as the WKU students continued their trip to Key West, Fla. For more on the group’s trip, visit http://www.bike4alz.org/ (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon)

The nine WKU students are members of the group Bike4Alz, formed to raise awareness and funding for Alzheimer’s while biking across the U.S. Bike4Alz began their 3,000-mile journey on May 25 in International Falls, Minn. and will end in Key West, Fla., making stops in major metropolitan areas for fundraising events.  The Louisville stop was special for Bike4Alz members Will Owens and Will Garcia who are both from the area.

“It was really exciting for Will Garcia and I to ride into our hometown and see the support the city gave us,” Owens said. “To receive a proclamation from Mayor Fischer was amazing, but it was really special to see families from our daily dedications come out to see us, because of their personal experiences with Alzheimer’s.”

After receiving the proclamation, Bike4Alz members said goodbye to their friends and family and resumed their cross-country ride. Their next stop will take place in Bowling Green, where they will receive support from friends, family and the WKU community. Tonight (June 25), the group will be holding a fundraiser at Covington Wood Park from 2 p.m.– 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and support the group while sharing in their triumphs so far.

Participants of Bike4Alz, formerly Fijis Across America, are all members of the Chi Eta chapter of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Fijis Across America completed their bike ride from California to Virginia in 2010, raising $56,000 and serving as inspiration for Bike4Alz and the 2012 goal of $175,000.

Contact: Scottie Ellis, (502) 649-6565.

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