The Longest day motorcycle ride for Alzheimer’s Association

I’m posting this thread to get some support of my fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association in June. They are the largest private funder of Alzheimer’s research in the world. The event is called the “longest day” in honor of all the caregivers who care tirelessly.Just a brief introduction: I have been on ADV for over 10 years, and have so many amazing people here that I have met, become friends with and have been encourage by in my journey through life. My late wife Chris, had early onset alzheimers disease in her 40’s and passed away at the age of 54 in 2011. It has been devastating. That is why I have been political active, and engaged in the Alzheimer’s cause. I had the honor and privilege to take care of the love of my life through the disease, and posted about this journey here on ADV rider. After her passing, I adventured on my RTW ride, and experienced the generosity and friendship of ADV riders all over the world. You have made my life richer.

I am asking for anyone that wants to help me in this fundraising to donate at link below. I will be riding from My Congressman’s (Kurt Schraders) office in Oregon to his office in Washington DC. I have a meeting set with him on June 21st. 2,800 mile ride in 4-5 days.

http://act.alz.org/goto/markdonham

Any donation large or small is welcome and appreciated. if I can get 10,000 people to give $5 then that is better than a couple people giving more! Thanks in advance for anyone that can help!!

My lovely wife Chris.

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Your donation will support this cause. Thank YOU

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RADIOMAN RODE THE WORLD! June 2011 to Dec 2013

RADIOMAN RODE THE WORLD!   June 2011 to Dec 2013

Thanks so much for visiting my Blog. You have reached the website after I have returned from my Grand Adventure riding my Motorbike around the world for 31 Months. This journey has been a blessing of time on the road in 26 countries, 6 continents and over 90,000 riding miles.  I would suggest that you read the “who is Radioman” Tab first, then you can see the list below that will give you links to the entire ride or you can just jump to a country that you are interested.

Thanks for your encouraging words and sharing my journey! The people I met along this journey have really made my travels worthwhile.
 

The first 15 pages or so are capturing my transition into this chapter, renting out my house, other logistics. before Heading out riding in the USA Riding to watch the final space shuttle launch on July 8th, 2011 , Then south through Mexico, Central America, South America, India, then  back to South America,The New Zealand, Australia, Southern Africa. Wow what a journey!

Started June 1, 2011. ended the ride December 15, 2013.
______ INDEX for Ride Report! ______


• Ride starts — June 1, 2011

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?p=293

• Space Shuttle Launch 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20110709

• New Bike Farkling and Westfest

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20110718

• Back to Atlanta and riding up the east coast of USA 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20110731

• Riding into Northeast Canada 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20110821

• Ferry to NewFoundland

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20110825

• Labrador Riding the TransLab

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20110831

• Making it back for WetFest

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20110914

• Leaving PDX riding south

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20110920

• Engine Failure in Tucson

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20110927

• Finally Riding into Mexico

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20111022

• Thoughts on Mexico 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?p=823

• Belize 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20111205

• Guatemala 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20111206

• Does not always go as planned 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20111208

• El Salvador

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?p=933

• Honduras 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?p=936

• Nicaragua 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?p=941

• Costa Rica 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20111227

• Panama 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20111229

• Loading Bike on the Stahlratte for sail to Colombia

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?p=973

• Ecuador

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20120218

• INDIA the side trip

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20120515

• Return to Ecuador to continue the ride Post 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20120911

• Peru Post

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20120921

• Bolivia Post

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20121023

• Argentina Post 

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20121107

• Chile Post

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20121116

• Reaching Ushuaia, Argentina The end of the world!

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20121208

• Buenos Aires

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20130118

• Uruguay

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20130128

• Brazil

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?p=1851

• New Zealand

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20130218

• Australia

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20130512

• Dubai

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=2294
• South Africa

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20130512

• Returning to the United States, completing my Adventure!

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20131122
Last Day on the Rode.  Riding Home.

http://radiomanridestheworld.com/?m=20131215

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Advocating for Alzheimer’s Disease

Having experienced the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s Disease while losing my lovely Wife Chris at the age of 54. It was clear to me years ago, someone needs to help fight to bring an end to this terrible disease. This will be my 6th year going back to Washington DC to bring the fight to our Federal Senators and Congressman. No one is paying for me to do this, it is my small way of giving back and trying to help the 5 million Americans that suffer from the Disease right now and all their families.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the Most expensive disease in America today, and will skyrocket in years to come. It will cripple our healthcare systems. It needs to be a national Priority NOW.

Just a quick Update.

Started really looking for work and networking in March. It will be a process as I have a few other things I am working on at the same time!

As you all know, I have been advocating for Alzheimer’s disease at a state and federal level. I do not get paid for this, but having cared for my wife Chris, and watched her only sister die from this terrible disease, and knowing the next generation will also have some that die from the disease….. I must fight to find a Cure and treatment! It truly is a staggering disease for our country and over 5 million families suffering right now.

It is the most expensive disease in America!

I am Washington DC. Might as well give it a “radioman” jump!

There were over 900 people attending this year to take the message to our elected Officials. They were from every state and it was a powerful time together.

Of course it is full of emotion as so many have had family member with the disease, lost to the disease and afraid of the disease in their futures. But working together we can make the changes in Funding for research and find treatments and cures! There is hope, but political changes take a long time.

This is the Oregon group of 11 that worked together to meet with our State representatives. We had good meetings and hope they will follow through with there Support, Votes and commitments.

Here I am with My congressman Kurt Schrader. Truly hope that he will help us with current requests for more funding directly for Alzheimers research at NIH. Of course I will be following up with him and his staff to make sure he does!

This is a non partisan Issue. Here we are with Congressman Greg Walden

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