Who I am
A husband, a father, a brother, a son, a friend looking to make just a bit of a difference.
Why the Ride
For many years, my bikes have been a part of my life. They have allowed me to spend time with friends, act as a stress release, enjoy the outdoors, and great exercise. Spending hours peddling also affords you a lot of time to just think.
Typically, my thoughts revolve around family. I often find myself reliving great memories, and looking forward to upcoming plans to be with them. A few years ago, on a particularly hard ride, I found myself thinking about hardships that some of them have endured; specifically my sister who has Multiple Sclerosis, and my son who has Narcolepsy/Cataplexy.
During that hard ride, I realized the pain and suffering I was experiencing was just a moment in time and would soon pass. I also knew that I was in complete control; I could slow down, or even stop at any time. Unfortunately, that is not the case for anyone with MS or Narcolepsy. Since that day, I have thought about how I could make just a "little" difference for them, and to all those that cope with medical hardships everyday. Last October, I decided the best way for me to honor them and raise awareness was on my bike.
This September 9th, I will put foot to pedal and begin a 450 mile bicycle ride across the state of Pennsylvania to raise awareness, educate, and raise research funds in hopes for a cure. Training for this type of ride requires commitment and strength.
My inspiration comes from my son’s and my sister’s resilience and determination in facing the life altering challenges that their current incurable neurological disorders presents. For me, my training and the actual ride act as a metaphor for what my son and sister have to endure. I dedicate this ride to my son, to my sister, and to all those who have sacrificed quality of life because of these disorders.
I am allowing myself 8 days to complete the ride, but my goal is to do it in 6. To achieve this, I will be averaging 75 miles per day. The shortest day will be 55 miles, and the longest will be 110. I will experience the pain and tiredness from long, hot days in the saddle, carry an extra 45 lbs. of gear/supplies, and sleep in a tent rather than the comfort of a hotel room bed. These temporary hardships barely compare to the daily strain that my son, sister, and others experience with these types of disorders.
My fundraising goal is $10,000: $5,000 each for "Wake Up Narcolepsy" and the "National MS Society". Please click the Donation link at the top of this page if you'd like to contribute to these worthy organizations. All funds raised will go to research for cures.
We all have family and/or friends who are also facing life changing illnesses, or hardships. I invite you to follow my ride through my blog in hopes that it will inspire you to look for ways to make just a "little" difference for others. See Blog link to the right!
Thanks for your support,