Next Thursday, October 1 – we’re hitting the road from Albany, NY to Boston, MA. Our bicycles are tuned and our bags are packed.
Celebration Cycle Day 1 will be a challenging journey out of Albany, through Harold’s childhood home of Averill Park, and over the Berkshire mountains!
Remember, if you can’t join us on the ride, you can join us in spirit by making a donation to Mass General Hospital and asking your friends and family to become organ donors!
We’re really excited for Day 1 of the ride. Here’s a quick peek at some highlights:
The Send Off Party @ Saville Road Bicycle Shop
9:00 am – Coffee & Donuts
9:30 am – roll out!
Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail
Harold is a train and railroad aficionado! He’s been tracking the progress of the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail and we’re excited that the Delmar to Albany section is complete!
Special Cycling Guest – Audrey Koester!
Audrey was the head librarian and my advisor at Albany Academy for Girls when Harold received his heart transplant in 1995. She’s an avid cyclist – and we’re excited to have her join us on part 1 of this epic journey!
Finish @ The Porches Inn
The Berkshires are the best in the Fall! We’ll put up our feet for a night’s rest and enjoy the Autumn leaves.
Imagine a healthy, active, 48 year-old working man with a cold that just won’t go away. This common cold is a virus that creeps through his body, attacks his heart and destroys the muscle until it can only pump at 10% of its capacity. After just a few months, this man cannot climb a flight of stairs, cannot walk the family dog around the block, and cannot work. His only option for recovery is a heart transplant. And now, you are his only hope.
Anyone can sign up to be an organ donor, regardless of age, health, or religion. Yet, only 40% of Americans are registered donors. The gap between the number of organ donors and the number of people waiting for a transplant increases every day. 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant. These deaths could be prevented if more people were donors. As a donor, you could change the lives of up to 8 people by sharing your heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and pancreas.
Thanks to the forward thinking and generosity of one person and his family, that once dying 48 year-old man – my father – is now 68. He loves cycling, helping neighbors with small home repairs, traveling with my mom, and cheering for me at triathlons.
One person. One heart. One box checked to be an organ donor – gave my family 20 more years. You can add over 160 years to your life by leaving your organs for another person in need.
Leave a legacy of life. Tell your friends and family about your intentions. Sign up to be an organ donor.