Motorcyclist battles Alzheimer's, takes one more ride

(WBIR-Lenoir City) It has been a difficult few years for a Vietnam veteran in Lenoir City. Alzheimer's disease has made it impossible for the 76-year-old to drive his beloved motorcycle, and his family is preparing to sell it.

But not before one last ride.

On Friday afternoon, friends and family took Cecil Ogle out on his Harley Davidson.

Ogle used to be a motorcycle mechanic and had worked on planes for the Air Force.

"This is his pride and joy and he's one of the best motorcycle mechanics in the United States and he no longer can work on bikes either," said Mark Johnson, who took Ogle with him on Ogle's motorcycle.

Ogle has not been able to ride his motorcycle for about four years. Family started to notice his signs of Alzheimer's in 2010.

"He can hear a motorcycle go by and he wants to find it. He might not remember anything else but he remembers the motorcycles," Johnson said.

The ride started at Ogle's home in Lenoir City and ended at Melton Hill Dam.

"I've had a smile on my face all week. This is what he needed and I did too," said Ogle's wife, Barbara.

She went on to say, "Cecil has been everything to me and I miss him a lot."

A couple plans to buy Ogle's bike on Monday.


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