Shawn MacDonald is riding from Terrace to Prince Rupert on his bike to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's.

Wave to cyclist riding to end Alzheimer’s on Saturday

After his friend was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a Prince Rupert man is participating in the Ride to End Alzehimer's.

After his friend was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Shawn MacDonald decided to participate in a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds to combat the disease.

A couple years ago, MacDonald also did a three day walk from Terrace to raise money for the Easter Seals. On Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., with a goal of eight hours, he is cycling from Terrace to Prince Rupert. He plans to stand out with a support vehicle by his side.

Since March 1 he has trained for the Ride to End Alzheimer’s by riding 28.8km a day. His goal is to raise $5,000 and as of Wednesday he’s very far from that goal, but he’s determined.

“It’s to help out my friend and hopefully one day they find a cure. It’s a devastating loss. It’s like losing your friend twice. Losing them when he gets Alzheimer’s and then eventually losing him to the disease,” MacDonald said.

To find out more about MacDonald’s ride or to donate visit the Ride To End Alzheimer’s website.