Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier, his daughters Jenny and Katie and the rest of Team Braintree will be participating in the 2012 Memory Ride onJuly 14th to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
Chief Frazier said, "This will be our second year participating in the event. Last year we were one of the top fundraising teams and we hope to top our goal of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) this year."
In the United States alone, an estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and someone develops the disease every 69 seconds. This means as many as 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s by the year 2050.
"My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease a few years back," said Frazier. "I am more fortunate than others because my father still knows who I am. I have friends who have experienced this and have been far less fortunate. The disease is relentless and strips people of their dignity. Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country and one that cannot be prevented or cured."
Other members of Team Braintree are: Chief Robert Galvin, Karen Galvin, Erin Galvin, Alex Dossin, Matthew Hagen, Shannon Hogan, Amy McInerney, Maureen O'Connor, Tara Rooney, Kristin Seltman and John Tullis.
“The local business community and residents of Braintree have been wonderful to this cause. I’ve learned from our donors that Alzheimer’s has affected more people than I ever thought. It’s an extremely frustrating disease that tests your patience every single day,” said Frazier.
Team Braintree is still accepting donations. If people want to make a donation they can send a check made payable to the Alzheimer's Association and mail it to Chief Frazier, Braintree Police Department, 282 Union Street,Braintree, MA 02184.
Online donations can be made on the team website: WWW.TEAMBRAINTREE.COM.
Also, check out a video about last year's ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRjyQlkdf1o&feature=player_embedded.