May 26th, 2019

U of L researcher cycling across Canada for Alzheimer’s disease


By Mabell, Dave on May 10, 2019.

University of Lethbridge public health researcher Richard Larouche was ready Thursday morning to embark on his cross-country cycle supporting the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com

Every summer, Canadians hit the road to explore more of their diverse and vast nation.

That’s the plan for University of Lethbridge public health researcher Richard Larouche.

But he’s aiming at riding a bicycle all the way to St. John’s, N.L. And he’ll be collecting donations for ongoing research into Alzheimer’s disease – affecting greater numbers of Canadians as our population ages.

“In total, I will cycle about 8,000 kilometres,” he says. “That includes a few planned detours to Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, Charlevoix, to visit my hometown of La Malbaie, Que., the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia and Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.”

He left Thursday, and will be reporting his progress as he reaches one province and then the next.

“All the while I’ll be updating a journal on the web in both English and French, and collecting funds for research on Alzheimer’s disease.”

Later this summer Larouche plans to complete his coast-to-coast trek by riding through the mountains from Victoria to Lethbridge.

His motivation for the trip goes beyond his role as a public health professor, an advocate for physical activity – and an experienced cyclist.

“Personally, I’ve seen what this disease does to people and how it affects the families of those who are suffering,” he says.

“Our population is aging rapidly and it is expected that the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will only increase in the coming years. I’ve set a goal to collect $25,000 to support research through the Alzheimer Society of Canada.”

Of course, Larouche would be pleased to raise more.

Those interested in helping out can go online to the CanadaHelps platform – https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/tour-de-memoire-tour-of-memory.

To view Larouche’s journal, visit https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1mr&doc_id=21848&v=1F as he crosses Canada.

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