Once again, July is here and Team Uffda is gearing up for another RAGBRAI. This year is different for us though, we are missing the most important member of our team- Grandpa Nelson. On April 18th, Grandpa passed away after battling cancer and the slow moving monster we call, Alzheimer's. You might imagine that it has been a tough few months for us as a family. We miss Grandpa Nelson every day and wish he was physically here with us, but we have vowed to honor Grandpa and continue what he started so many years ago.
As a tribute to Grandpa, we will each be taking turns along the route riding Grandpa's bicycle across Iowa for One Last Ride. As we pedal, we will also be raising awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's Association, so please be on the lookout for Team Uffda members.
While he was here, Grandpa Nelson helped so many people and always put others before himself, and we wish to do the same. It is especially important to us to be teaming up with the Alzheimer's Association in this venture as we hope that someday Alzheimer's disease is something families no longer have to see pull their loved ones away.
RAGBRAI will definitely be different for Team Uffda this year, but we are all so blessed to be able to come together once again and enjoy a ride that has brought us so many wonderful memories with Grandpa Nelson. Without a doubt, every time we feel the sun on our face and the breeze at our back, it will be Grandpa smiling and pushing us along the roads of beautiful Iowa.