Health Care
6:35 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Son Takes Mom’s Ashes On Marathon Ride, To Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

This Wednesday marks the longest day of the year with 16 hours of daylight. The Alzheimer’s Association will use this day to honor people who have the disease and their caregivers.  The group asks people to use all of that daylight to push their limits physically and to raise money for research.  

Boise resident Dave Fotsch is doing just that. He tells Samantha Wright he’ll take up that challenge, riding his bike to St. Louis to honor his mother, who had Alzheimer’s. 

Dave Fotsch works for the Central District Health Department.  He’s also a member of Boise State Public  Radio’s Community Advisory Board. 

Fotsch will start is 18 day journey to St. Louis on June 30th. He's calling his trip, the “Take Mom Home” bike ride.  He wants to raise at least $5,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Once Fotsch reaches St. Louis, he and his family will have a quiet ceremony to scatter his mother’s ashes.