Skateboarders Cross Nation While Raising Money for Alzheimer's

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Updated: 7/15/2013 11:20 am
If you’ve ever flown or driven across the country you know how time consuming and tiring that is. Well, imagine doing that on a longboard…that’s exactly what a group of riders are doing right now, and they’re making some stops in Idaho along the way.

While this long trek is impressive in itself, what may be turning more heads is their motivation behind it. This push is to help raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s.

“Really what inspired me was last October my father died from Alzheimer’s” said team organizer Jack Smith.

So to help raise awareness; Smith and his team of five decided to make their way across the country from Oregon to New York.

“Overall we’ve just been taking turns skating and it’s been a lot of fun and we’ve been meeting a lot of people and as we do we find out how many people are really affected by Alzheimer’s” said professional skateboarder Colleen Pelech.

The whole trip will take about 23 days. Each of the riders will ride for a mile and then rotate.

Smith says riding through Idaho has given him a lot of time to think.

“There’s nothing around for miles you know, it just gives you a lot of time to think, you know, I find myself even talking to my dad sometimes” continued Smith.

This is Smith’s 4th time riding a longboard across the country, but this trip is in honor of his father.

“My dad made my first skateboard for me” said a nostalgic Smith.

Ashton will be the crews stopping point for the day.

If you’d like to learn more about “A Push to Remember” or would like to donate to the Alzheimer’s Foundation click here.
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