UNION COUNTY — A Union native spent the better part of three days riding his bicycle across South Carolina along with hundreds of other bicyclists to raise over a half a million dollars for the fight against Alzheimer’s.
David Berry, a teacher at White Knoll Middle School in Lexington and son of Union residents Pete and Harriett Berry, joined more than 600 other cyclists on July 14 for the annual 250-mile “Ride To Remember” in support of the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association.
The ride began in Simpsonville and over the next three days the riders took on summer heat and storms as they pedaled toward their geographic and financial goals. The first day’s ride was 65 miles and ended at Newberry College for the night. Day two was 88 miles and ended in Orangeburg. Day three was 100 miles and ended at Patriot’s Point in Charleston where the cyclists were treated to a much-appreciated feast and celebration.
In addition to successfully reaching their geographic destination, the riders were also successful financially, raising more than $500,000 for the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association’s research efforts.
Having successfully completed their 2017 ride, the cyclists then loaded up their bikes and gear onto chartered buses for the return trip to Simpsonville.