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South Oldham grad joins fraternity in fundraising ride

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By Taylor Riley

One South Oldham High School grad is making the trip of a lifetime — nearly 3,000 miles.

Luke Sparks joined 11 of his Western Kentucky University Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers on a bike ride to raise $100,000 for Alzheimer’s research.

It’s the third trip for the fraternity. In 2010, a grandfather of a brother passed away from the debilitating disease causing the fraternity to ban together for the cause.

The team traveled from in two different bike rides, where they raised close to $100,000, said Sparks.

This year, they decided to ride from west to east.

Bike4Alz members started their expedition in San Diego on May 24 riding through the exhausting heat to make it to their final stop in Washington, DC by July 18.

In some locations, the crew sets up an event where they meet with supporters, receive donations and bring awareness to the disease.

“We see how these people are affected by the disease and how it can change a person,” Sparks said. “We are thinking about them (when we ride) and what this means to them.”

Alzheimer’s disease also personally affects several of the current riders. The ride means a lot to Parker Kuhn of Lexington—his great grandfather was diagnosed with the disease.

“Everyday (the ride) means more and more to me,” Kuhn said. “We have the ability to change so many lives.”

The group biked from Bowling Green to Elizabethtown earlier this week and their next stop is in Louisville later this week, where they will be staying in Oldham County.

So far the group has raised around $30,000 to $40,000, according to Sparks.

“We still have a little ways to go…but we are on our way,” Sparks said.

For more information on how to follow the Bike4Alz trip or to donate, visit www.bike4alz.org.

Email us about this story at taylorriley@oldhamera.com.