Pedal power: Impact holds first Ride to End Alzheimer’s

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–For Autumn and Scott Schultz of Impact Fitness and Nutrition, supporting the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission to find a cure has a very personal connection. Scott Schultz and his family experienced the hardships Alzheimer’s brings when his mother, Patsy Schultz, developed the disease. He remembers, “You lose loved ones to Alzheimer’s twice, first is the mind, and second is the body.”

To honor her memory, Autumn and Scott Schultz named their son Patrick. They also joined the Muscatine Walk to End Alzheimer’s board to lend their support to the Alzheimer’s Associations largest local awareness and fundraising event.

While the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s does not take place until the fall, supporters of it find creative ways throughout the year to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. This spring, Autumn and Scott Schultz have already gotten a head start. April 3, they held their first event of the year, the first ever Ride to end Alzheimer’s.

An enjoyable way for people to show their support for Alzheimer’s research this spring, the Ride to End Alzheimer’s left from Impact Fitness and Nutrition’s location in the Muscatine Mall and traveled through Weed Park and down the riverfront bike trail for a 10-mile loop. People who wanted to show their support for the cause but not ride outside opted to do an indoor workout with one of Impact’s coaches, Cindy Klebe, at the gym instead. “We saw this as an opportunity to kick start fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, and incorporate fitness from our gym and share within the community,” Autumn Schultz explained. “The weather hasn’t always been the best so far this year, and we saw this as a chance to get outdoors and take advantage of the nicer weather we have had recently.” Autumn and Scott Schultz encouraged all participants to donate at least $10 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Though the weather proved a little brisk, no rain, snow, or other unpleasantness stopped a total of 12 people from coming out to support the Ride to End Alzheimer’s. Thanks to their generous donations, Autumn and Scott Schultz feel they have already started making good progress towards raising $3,000 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this fall. “Right now, there is no shortage of ideas in Alzheimer’s research – only dollars, and every dollar that we raised at the event helps with efforts to discover methods of treatment and prevention for Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” said Autumn Schultz. “Scott and I are very thankful for the ones that joined us and contributed to an amazing cause.”

With the Walk to End Alzheimer’s just over four months away, Autumn and Scott Schultz hope to host at least one more fundraising event ahead of it. They encourage people to watch for more information about a special summer workout at Impact Fitness and Nutrition geared towards supporting the Alzheimer’s Association. Anyone interested in finding out more about their plans should watch the Impact Fitness and Nutrition Facebook page for additional details.

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