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Trike For a Cure to raise money to fight Alzheimer’s

By Staff | Sep 28, 2017

Grown adults will try to ride children’s tricycles on an obstacle course – for two great causes.

Hosted by The Windsor of Cape Coral, the inaugural Trike For a Cure will be held Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds, at 831 Santa Barbara Blvd. Open registration is set for 9 a.m.

Kimberly Flynn, the life enrichment director, explained that the assisted living and memory care residence supports the Alzheimer’s Association on an annual basis as it is familiar with the disease.

“We have people that we serve that have dementia and Alzheimer’s,” she said. “I, honestly, cannot think of one person who hasn’t been touched by that disease.”

This year, staff wanted to support the organization in a new way.

“I wanted to come up with something that was really different, something that would stand out and be fun for the residents, fun for the community,” Flynn said.

As of Thursday, about 8 to 10 people had already signed up to participate in the event.

“With the hurricane, it kind of put everybody behind,” she said. “I’m hoping we have at least 15.”

The entry fee is $40; checks can be made out to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“The $40 goes directly to the Alzheimer’s Association,” Flynn said.

Participants must provide their own tricycle.

“We just ask that the tricycles are child-sized tricycles,” she said. “They can decorate them.”

At the end of the event, the tricycles will be collected and donated to the Dr. Piper Center for Social Services in Fort Myers. At Christmas, the center has a holiday bike giveaway for children in need.

“It’s kind of a two-fold event,” Flynn said.

As for the course, preliminary races will be held to help narrow the field down.

“We have a nice trophy coming for them,” she said of the top winner.

Participants will be treated to a free barbecue after the event.

The public is invited to come out and watch.

“I would suggest bringing a fold-up chair,” Flynn said.

Spectators are welcome to bring food and drinks.

“We’ll probably have our popcorn machine going,” she said.

For those interested, donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Organizers are hoping to raise as much for the organization as possible.

“As much as we can get,” Flynn said.

The public can enter using the side street just north of The Windsor and park in the grass.

For more information on the event, call 239-772-9400.