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Dozens of cyclists preparing for cross-state bike ride to cure Alzheimer's

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The ride benefits the Alzheimer's Association. (File/Associated Press) The ride benefits the Alzheimer's Association. (File/Associated Press)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A bike ride that started with just a handful of cyclists several years ago has turned into one of the biggest fundraisers in the state.

A Ride To Remember is taking off from Simpsonville on July 18 and ends July 20 on the South Carolina coast in Charleston.

The three-day tour covers 250 miles and is expected to be completed by nearly 200 riders who each need to raise a minimum of $300.

The money goes to support the Alzheimer's Association, the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.

Locally, the South Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association serves the entire state of South Carolina through a network of area offices in Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach and Spartanburg.

Alzheimer's disease is both a global and national epidemic. Worldwide, more than 35 million people are living with the disease.

In the U.S. alone, an estimated 5.4 million people have Alzheimer's, and more than 15 million are serving as their caregivers.

Alzheimer's is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.

The Ride To Remember is hoping even more people can help donate to their cause. For more information, head to www.aridetoremember.org.

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