The Longest Day: Riding cross-country for Alzheimer's awareness


A motorcyclist from Oregon made a special stop in Indianapolis Sunday to honor his late wife who died early in life because of Alzheimer's disease.

Mark Donham's wife Chris was from Indiana and has strong ties to the Alzheimer's research community in Indianapolis.

Doctors diagnosed her with the disease in her late 40s. She passed away in her early 50s.

Now, Donham is raising money for Alzheimer's research by riding his motorcycle from his Congressman's office in Oregon to the Congressman's office in Washington, D.C.

Donham says his trip is definitely raising awareness.

"I've ridden 2,400 miles in just under five days, and I've had my purple on and stickers on and I know people have seen it," Donham said. "They come up to me in every parking lot I've stopped at and ask me about Alzheimer's and I get to share the statistics of how bad it rally is."

The latest numbers show more than 35 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer's, including more than 5 million Americans. There are another 15 million caregivers in the United States alone who dedicate themselves to helping loved ones diagnosed with the disease.

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