_DEN1943June, 2016

Hi, my name is Saskia Vervoort

At the beginning of this year I felt I needed to chance a few things in my life.
My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about 8 years ago. I am very proud of the way he tries to make the best of the situation but the daily care was becoming an emotional burden for me. I needed a release and decided to start exercising again. Due to the circumstances I’m not able to leave the house for a long period of time and go to the gym so I bought an exercise bike and work out at home so that I can be there for him if needed.

I started cycling every morning for an hour or so to upbeat music and I started feeling so much better. Feeling positive again, having more energy and slowly but surely getting fit again.

At the start of May I discovered that the distance that I’d cycled in total since the beginning of this year had ‘virtually’ brought me from where we live in the South of Spain to my husband’s hometown Amsterdam. I needed a new challenge…
CU_Sas_cycling_sI decided to cycle back but with detours visiting friends on the way to ‘virtually’ say hi and C U When I Get There.
While it started as a fun challenge I though that I might as well do it for a good cause and see if I can generate money for Alzheimer’s research.

I would like to invite you to support me and help me on my way by donating. Look at it as a pits stop on the way, a much needed sandwich for refueling, a change of tires or a new pair of trainers. Every amount, small or larger is much appreciated!

My goal is to get back ‘home’ at the end of the year with a minimum of 5000 km and the starting point Amsterdam. This is doable but it does mean I have to cycle about 22 km per day on average.

Bike_tour_completeThe route will go from Holland, via Belgium to the UK, where I will make a grand tour to visit friends, friends of friends and The Alzheimer’s Research headquarters in Cambridge. Then on to France Paris, where I’ve been challenged to ‘virtually’ climb all 1701 steps of the Eiffel Tower. After that a long stretch down south to finally make it back home in Coín, Spain, at the end of the year.
I will keep you updated where I am during the challenge here and on the C U When I Get There Facebook page or here on the web site’s blog
Please like the Facebook page and invite your friends to like the page as well.

All your donations will go toward Alzheimer’s research in the UK (Alzheimer’s Research UK) and the Netherlands (VUmc Alzheimercentrum) so that hopefully a cure will be found soon for this awful life crippling illness.

Thank you so very very much to everyone who’s donated so far. Even if it’s a small amount, please consider contributing by clicking on the donate button (Paypal) right here below:

If you can’t pay through paypal or would rather not use a credit card online you can also donate directly to the special bank account that I’ve opened for C U When I Get There:

IBAN: NL94 ABNA 0555 9006 30
NAME: S.Vervoort

Please leave your name should you do that so I can thank you personally!