I'm about to embark on my 2nd annual bike ride from West Hartford to Boston. This year, I've decided to make it a fund-raising effort to raise money for the National Parkinson's Foundation, which funds research for this progressive neurological disorder. Currently it has no cure. Most of us are aware of this disease through the public battles fought by the late Muhammad Ali and by Michael J. Fox. But this disease affects many others, and most recently, it has hit a bit closer to home as a dear friend of mine has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. My friend is determined to live fully and face his challenges head on with support from his family and friends. I realize that my support can also be in the form of funding research for treatment and ultimately a cure by using my legs, my two wheels and my wallet. With this in mind I am creating a Road Bike Challenge and ask you to come along for part of, or all of my ride from West Hartford to Boston on August 24th or donate money to Parkinson's for every mile I ride. The ride is 105 miles and is long and time consuming- donating is fast and painless – please choose either one! Whether it's a penny, dime, dollar or more per mile, together we can add money to the foundation to help cure those afflicted with this nervous system disease. I created a fundraising page to benefit Team Hope™ for the National Parkinson Foundation. With your support we can help the foundation's mission to make life better for people with Parkinson’s. I know you understand the importance of raising money for such an important cause.
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The day is here
I can't believe the time has come and I am still in awe of all the wonderful friends and family who donated money from near and far. I have friends from grammar school who I haven't seen in 30 years to next door neighbors who have given money to help fund research and to find a cure.
I'll be leaving within the hour and will be riding with Peter Annulli and Terry Crean. They will help make the ride relaxing and enjoyable especially if we get lost in the hills of Ct.
Look for pictures and updates on Facebook. We'll see you in Boston and thanks again for your support it has made the planning and training for this ride so much easier.
Peace & Love,
by John Sherman on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 3:58 AM
Raising the goal?
I can't believe it, but thanks to your amazing generosity, I have reached my goal for the Road Bike Challenge. But this doesn't mean you don't have to donate if you haven't already.
Please look at my personal page and contribute what you can. I am also happy to announce that I will have company for the entire ride to Boston. My brother-in-law, Peter Annulli and another friend, Terry Crean will be leaving from West Hartford with me at 5:30 AM for our "century ride" to BeanTown.
by John Sherman on Sun, Aug 21, 2016 @ 8:40 PM
Thanks so much
Thanks to your generosity I am already 2/3rds of the way to my goal and I haven't ridden a mile yet!
Please accept my sincere appreciation for all that you have contributed so far.
I'm taking a day off from biking and will be hitting the cool, cool waters of Maine as I kayak out on the Atlantic Ocean in Ogunquit (Water Temp - 60 F)
Talk to you soon.
by John Sherman on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 @ 10:50 AM
I am so pleased and impressed with the amount of donations that are streaming in! My phone buzzes with every donation and it's been "blown' up" as the kids say. All your efforts in supporting this cause enables me to get up earlier each morning, ride further and harder as I prep for the trip to Boston as we all strive to find a cure!
It is so exciting for all of us to be a part of this and as I said to Alice - "I feel a tiny bit like Jerry Lewis on his Labor Day Weekend telethon for MD".
Talk to you soon! Peace and Love!
by John Sherman on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 10:50 AM
Went out for a training ride while on vacation up here in Maine and just like Bruce sang in Hungry Heart "I took a wrong turn and just kept going" and ended up at the entrance to I -95 in Kittery, no worries I got back to Ogunquit safe and sound ready for a another ride through the beautiful and bucolic Maine country side in York County tomorrow.
by John Sherman on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 9:25 AM