My name is Cy Whitler, and I am a sophomore at Western Kentucky University Honors College. This upcoming summer, I will be biking across the country with a group of my Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research.

This trek is through our nonprofit organization, Bike4Alz. Our team will travel to San Francisco, California, and begin cycling across the country, ending our ride in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This ride will be over 3,600 miles in total.

Bike4Alz started back in 2010, and has since completed seven cross-country rides, raising over $200,000. Nonetheless, Alzheimer’s disease is still far too familiar in today’s society. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Personally, I would love to see this year’s team raise over $80,000, and I think we have the potential to do so. During our trip across the country, we will be stopping in numerous cities to host fundraising events. In order for this trip to happen, however, I am in need of some financial support.

I am responsible for raising $1,500 before the start of the trip. This money will go toward food expenses, gas money for our support vehicles, biking accessories, bike repairs, etc. All other money raised will go directly toward Alzheimer’s research. I am coming to you, family and friends, for support.

I would greatly appreciate any monetary donation that you are willing to give. Bike4Alz is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to Bike4Alz, Inc.

Please add my name, Cy Whitler, in the memo line to ensure I receive credit on your behalf. If you have any questions, you can email me at cy.whitler@bike4alz.org or check out our website at bike4alz.org for more information.

I also ask that you lift our team up in prayer for safe travels over the summer. In my eyes, going on this trip is the best use of my summer break, as I will be able to touch the lives of people across the entire country.

Much like how family and friends were supportive of me and my family during tough times, I will be getting the opportunity to be that beacon of God’s love by supporting those who are affected by this disease. This is something that I have always wanted to spread, and Bike4Alz is a platform on which I will be able to do so.

This ride would not be able to happen without your contributions. I would like to thank you in advance for your support and for all that you have done for my family and me.

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