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Nearly 400 bicyclists from across the state will be in Orangeburg on Saturday as part of the 10th annual 253-mile “A Ride to Remember” to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and support for individuals and families affected by the disease.

The three-day ride begins in Simpsonville on Friday, July 13 with a 65-mile ride to Newberry. On Saturday morning, the bicyclists will travel 89 miles from Newberry to Orangeburg, with a stopover first at North Town Hall. The ride will conclude on Sunday with a 99-mile ride from Orangeburg to Charleston.

While in Orangeburg, the riders will enjoy a baked chicken dinner at the First Baptist Family Life Center served by members of the Orangeburg Rotary Club and the Lion’s Club.

Two members of the Orangeburg Rotary Club, attorneys Bob McCurry (Horger, Barnwell & Reid) and Russell Blanchard (Williams & Williams) will be participating in all three segments of the ride. To date, this year’s “A Ride to Remember” has raised approximately $472,000 of its $750,000 goal. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association can be made through the website www.aridetoremember.org.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 89,000 South Carolinians are living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Funds raised by “A Ride to Remember” help the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness, advance research and advocate for those affected by the disease. The South Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides information and referral services, support groups, caregiver respite vouchers, care consultation and education and safety services to families affected by the disease.

For more information about Alzheimer’s, visit www.alz.org/sc or call the association’s 24-hour Helpline at 800-272-3900.

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