252-mile bike ride raises more than $150,000 for Alzheimer's

252-mile bike ride raises more than $150,000 for Alzheimer's
Published: Jul. 21, 2014 at 12:04 AM EDT
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MT. PLEASANT, SC - The 252-mile "Ride to Remember" finished in Mt. Pleasant on Sunday.

The cycling event started in Simpsonville on Friday and raised more than $176,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.

William Joyner is one of the many riders participating for someone other than himself.

"My grandmother had Alzheimer's so it felt like a special cause, so I figured I would try it," Joyner said. "Everybody's riding for somebody different. Whether it's a family member or just a friend, everybody knows somebody so everybody has got stories of the person they knew and the person they now know."

His grandmother was diagnosed 13 years ago, and for the last four, he's rode for her.

"She did more for her family and the community than any other person I've met in my life," Joyner said. "She was really something special."

Every year he faces the uphill climb of raising money in her honor. He and his family send out letter and emails and many riders try to find sponsors.

"Everybody just scrapes together every penny they can find."

This year, he brought in more than $3,800, but that's not why the weekend race means so much.

"This year, she actually passed away on Monday so this year has been a special ride for me and my family," Joyner said.

Joyner says his grandmother kept her memory longer than most people with the disease.

"It was not as painful for us as it is for a lot of families that deal with this and see their loved ones' personality change and forget all those memories that had together," Joyner said.

Joyner said every penny and every mile was so he'll never forget this year's Ride to Remember.

If you'd like to donate, you can visit the Ride to Remember website.