Uppingham man, Trevor Wise, 60, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago but doesn’t believe its the end of his life.
Alongside son Alex, Trevor will take on a 100-mile bike ride from London through Surrey this Sunday, starting at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishing on the Mall.
Trevor’s wife Christine says keeping active can help reduce the chance of his Alzheimer’s progressing. Trevor wanted a challenge - something he could push himself towards - so Alex gave him the 100-mile target.
Alex hopes that his dad will complete the ride and show many others Alzheimer’s sufferers that you can still achieve your goals and bucket list ambitions.
He said: “I am proud of my dad for taking on Alzheimer’s and not letting it win without a good fight.”
Trevor is riding for the Alzheimer’s Society. As well as raising money for the charity he wants to prove that Alzheimer’s isn’t an immediate death sentence or a reason to stop enjoying life. He’s taken on many new things since being diagnosed with the disease, while also stopping activities in which he has lost his ability.
Alex was a well-known professional rider until he retired two years ago and took up coaching. Because of his professional background he hasn’t had to do any specific training running up to the bike ride.
But Trevor has been training very hard since before Christmas. Throughout this he’s been gradually increasing his distance, speed and frequency on each ride, all under Alex’s guidance.
More recently Trevor has been going out on three and five-hour bike rides on three consecutive days with a rest day in between.
When the weather is good, Trevor enjoys the rides. Christine said: “Some bike rides can be longer than others as he can sometimes get lost, but with modern technology we can trace where he is.”
With all this training taking place Christine has a noticed an increase in her food bill and seen that Trevor has lost weight and physical size in latter stages. His medication has had a slight impact on his ability to train but Alex has kept account of that throughout.
Alex said coaching his dad had been a real challenge due to his Alzheimer’s, but his commitment to raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society has been “really admirable”.
The family thanked everyone who has donated so far and ask people to continue to contribute to help find a cure so that other families don’t have to go through what they’re facing.
On the day of the event the Alzheimer’s Society will help with the fundraising. Visit www.justgiving.com/ Trevor-Wise/ to donate.