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Eleven WKU fraternity members to make cross country ride, raise money for Alzheimer’s research

Eleven members of a Western Kentucky University fraternity will make the sixth Bike4Alz cross country ride this summer to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

The members of WKU FIJI (Phi Gamma Delta) are riding with the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Bike4Alz, which was founded by WKU students in 2010. The previous five teams have biked more than 13,000 miles and raised nearly $250,000 for research.

The 2018 riders are Alex Stackhouse, Erik Roepke, Jake Edmunds, Noah Rudloff, Seth Chaney and Wil Scott, all of Bowling Green; Ethan Hunt of Franklin; Griffin Beckner of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Jacob Karaglanis of Goshen; Matthew Crawford of Somerset; and Jeremy Latham of Paducah. Drivers are Griffin Heltsley and J.B. Carter, both of Bowling Green.

The group plans to bike May 17 to July 23 from San Francisco, California, to Virginia Beach, Virginia, and raise $50,000. In Kentucky in early July, they will make stops in Paducah, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Louisville and Lexington. View the Bike4Alz calendar here.

There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, a disease more than five million Americans live with. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. For information or to make a donation, visit www.bike4alz.org.

From Western Kentucky University

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