Help "Jersey Boys" Reach $10K Goal for Alzheimer's Association
Local cyclists making 450-mile Memory Ride from North Caldwell to Boston just few hundred dollars short of fundraising goal.
Patch first wrote about Andrew Dunberg and Rich Molesworth's trek from North Caldwell to Boston to raise money for Alzheimer's Disease research last week. Since the story ran, the duo has picked up a couple of thousand dollars and a third rider for the 450-mile Memory Ride for the Alzheimer's Association.
According to Dunberg, who is cycling in memory of his father who succumbed to Alzheimer's, the "Jersey Boys" are now within a few hundred dollars of their $10,000 goal. At last count, they have $9,535 in donations.
Dunberg said he is thankful for the community's support, much of which came after a story about his efforts ran in the Caldwells Patch last week.
"The support from the community is overwhelming!," Dunberg told Patch Monday. "You start to realize just how many families are dealing with this disease and don't know where to turn ... Awareness is our prime focus at this point."
The third cyclist will be Bernard "B.J." Maffucci of Verona, who says this isn't the first time Dunberg inspired him to do a big ride.
"Over the years, Andy has challenged me to do many cycling races and events that I probably wouldn't have done without his encouragement or guts to do it first," Maffucci said. "Cycling has become a large part of my life and I give him much of the credit for that. This is another challenge that I felt I needed to be a part of."
The official Memory Ride begins in Western Massachusetts on Saturday, July 14, but the Jersey Boys will begin their trek on Wednesday.