FIJIS ACROSS AMERICA
2005 - Tyler's grandfather, Barrett Cummings is diagnosed with Alzheimers disease.
2009 - Barrett Cummings passes away. Tyler Jury purchases his first road bike, and began organizing FIJIs Across America (FAA).
2010 - FAA becomes sponsored, and begins its first US Tour in the fight to cure Alzheimers.
2015 - FAA raises over $40,000 for Alzheimers research.
Founder Tyler Jury uses the loss of his Grandfather as motivation to fight against Alzheimer's Disease.
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mission & vision
Our mission is to raise awareness and funds to support research to end Alzheimer's. Our goal is to raise $75,000.
Fijis Across America came from my desires to bike cross-country and to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
My grandfather lived with Alzheimer’s for almost 4 years. Watching his health decline and the toll it took on my family was tough. I decided that I wanted to do something to help in the search for a cure to Alzheimer’s.
It has always been a goal of mine to achieve what most people consider unattainable; like thru- hiking the Appalachian Trail, staying on a rodeo bull for 8 seconds, climbing Mount Everest, or going through a Polynesian Adventure in a wooden canoe. On July 9, 2008 (my 18th birthday) I sat down and made out a list of “50 things I want to do before I die”, and it just so happened that cycling across America was #7 on this list. The following text has been written to tell you about how one of my biggest dreams has turned into a reality, and how this reality has the potential to make a difference nationwide in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
In the spring of 2005 my grandfather, Barrett Cummings, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. My grandfather served as a pilot in the Air Force and spent most of his career as a firefighter. He owned his own construction business and built my family’s first house, was a deacon in his local church, and served his Masonic Lodge as Grand Master. However, over the next 4 years I was forced to watch my grandfather slowly become a different man. At the time of his death it was tough to remember all of the great accomplishments of his life. Alzheimer’s disease had completely changed who he was.
Seeing the impact Alzheimer’s disease had on my grandfather inspired me to do something to honor his life and to raise money to fund research for this disease. That is how Fijis Across America came about. In May of 2009 I used my textbook money to buy my first road bike (which was older than me) and start training. I had aspirations to cycle across country and raise money for Alzheimer’s research. In retrospect- I had no idea what I was getting myself into back then. However, with my grandfather’s death in July came a lot of determination and motivation. I was able to get some brilliant young men I have known through high school and college to buy into this cause and to commit to the ride.
We have partnered with the Greater Kentucky / Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to help out with this ride. Our goal is to raise $75,000 to benefit Alzheimer’s research and to raise awareness across the country about the disease. We will be riding from Oceanside, CA, to Yorktown VA (over 3,200 miles) from late May through July. In doing this we hope to represent the Alzheimer’s Association, our universities, and the organizations we are affiliated with in the best way possible. We are doing this in memory of my grandfather, but will also be riding in memory of all of those who have passed away due to Alzheimer’s disease or are currently living with it. If you have any questions about how you can support the cause or help us out I would love to speak with you. We truly can turn this event into one that can inspire millions.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
Seeing the impact Alzheimer’s disease had on my grandfather inspired me to do something to honor his life and to raise money to fund research for this disease. That is how Fijis Across America came about.
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