CADYVILLE - When Kathleen Freeman thinks about her mother, the late Barbara Tobin, one thing comes to mind.
"She was never really crazy about me riding a motorcycle," Freeman said, laughing.
And, even though her mother wasn't sold on the idea, Freeman likes to think she'd be happy with what she and her fellow riding enthusiasts do each year with the Ride to Remember. The annual motorcycle ride - which raises money for the Northeastern New York Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center - is held in honor of Tobin, who suffered from the degenerative condition until her death in 2005. This year marks the fifth ride in her memory.
"Every year I get a little frazzled about this time," said Freeman. "It's so much work, but the day of the event is the reward. It's worth it seeing how many people support it."
And, support it they do. Hundreds of people show up each year for the event and local businesses step up to the plate time and again with donations for raffles and auctions.
"We got tons of support this year from local businesses. They've just been great," said Freeman.
Kneucraft Fine Jewelry was among the top sponsors for the event, donating $500 worth of merchandise to be given away. It's support like that, said Freeman, that shows people understand the importance of fighting Alzheimer's.
"There are so many benefits going on this time of year, so it's nice to see they still find this is an important event," she said. "Just about everyone you know, knows someone with Alzheimer's or some form of dementia."
That thought was the inspiration for redesigning the Ride to Remember logo this year, adding the words "Someone you know needs a cure." This year, the ride will also offer stickers for riders to wear that read, "I ride for _____," allowing people to fill in the blank with a loved one's name, said Freeman.
"I think my mom would be very happy that our family pulled together to do this," Freeman said of Ride to Remember. "She would be glad we are taking what turned our family upside-down and turning it around to help other families cope with it."
The 5th annual Ride to Remember will be held at American Legion Post 1619, 219 Rand Hill Road, West Plattsburgh, this Saturday, July 10. The event will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m., with the ride to follow at 10:30 a.m.
Following the ride, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the post will host a barbecue, auction and 50/50 drawings. Performances by Angry Neighbors, Bootleg and The Jay Walkin Band will round out the afternoon.
The cost to register for the motorcycle ride is $15 per rider or $25 for a rider and passenger, which includes the price of the barbecue. Those wishing to only enjoy the barbecue will be charged $10 each. The event will be held rain or shine.
Those interested in registering for the ride or in obtaining more information, may contact Freeman at 293-6496. Registration forms are also available at Lake City Choppers, 594 State Route 3; Caron's Cycles, 40 S. Junction Road; and American Legion Post 1619.
Donations for the event are also still being accepted.