Wednesday, November 15, 2017

One More Media Mention!





Thanks very much to the Atlanta Jewish Times for this article.
 We are very grateful for the coverage and are thrilled to
shine a light on The I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation!







Cyclist’s Lap Around U.S. Eases Childhood Cancer


Glenn Hirsch will have cycled over 10,000 miles by December 2017 to raise money for gentler cancer treatments.


 November 13, 2017, 2:24 pm



Glenn Hirsch will complete a 10,000-mile, 17-year lap around the United States
 to raise money for research into gentler treatments for childhood cancer.


When Glenn Hirsch was in third grade, he learned lessons about exercising and giving back that would help shape his life years later when he cycled to raise awareness about I Care I Cure after losing his nephew Ian to leukemia at age 11 in 2006.


Hirsch, 67, was introduced to cycling when he was a teenager. Although he took a break to finish medical school, he started again while completing his residency in central Pennsylvania. When he turned 50, Hirsch took leave from his family medical practice for a cycling tour from Seattle to Washington, D.C., to benefit the American Lung Association. He has continued to support organizations such as the Arthritis Foundation.


Hirsch’s rides have included Key West, Fla., to the Canadian border, which he crossed on his 40th wedding anniversary; Seattle to San Francisco; New Orleans to St. Augustine, Fla.; and Phoenix to New Orleans, nearly completing a full lap around the United States.

Hirsch’s intention was to ask people to donate to the charities of their choice during his cycling trips, but after Ian’s death, he decided to raise money for cancer research and morphed his sister-in-law’s foundation from I Care I Cure into I Care I Cure I Cycle.
“It’s something I really didn’t think a lot of people were doing and thought I could help,” Hirsch said.
Two months after completing a cross-country cycling tour, however, Hirsch had a heart attack in 2000. His wife, Lynn, didn’t think he would ride again.
Hirsch had open heart surgery six months after the heart attack.
During his recovery, doctors asked Hirsch to maintain a minimum lifting weight that was less than 20 pounds, close to the weight of his bike, and he implemented lifestyle changes, such as less work.
“I knew before I had the heart attack that I needed to slow down and change my work pace, which has made things a lot less stressful,” Hirsch said. “I have been able to do everything that I have wanted since and have always found cycling as a relaxing activity.”
Since his sabbatical, Hirsch has raised awareness about gentler treatment options for childhood cancer. Ian’s parents, Beth and Brad

The I Care I Cure foundation was launched after Ian Besner died of leukemia at age 11 in 2006.
Besner, have raised nearly $2 million to support research into less toxic therapies for children with leukemia and other forms of cancer, Hirsch said.
Hirsch continues to divide his time between cycling and giving to charity. “I do some of my best thinking while riding my bike and was going to give back to a foundation anyway. So getting the chance to ride and having someone benefit from it helps.”
Whenever the cycling gets tough, Hirsch thinks about his nephew. “He had a much rougher go at it than I did … which helps me get through the rides when I put it in that perspective.”
Hirsch will participate in one last ride for I Care I Cure I Cycle in December. A ride from Phoenix to Santa Monica, Calif., will complete his journey around the country’s perimeter, covering more than 10,000 miles in 17 years.
He is scheduled to leave Phoenix for San Diego on Dec. 20, then will head north up the California coast, reaching the Santa Monica Pier on Dec. 29.
“Both Glenn and I had a helpless feeling after Ian passed away, and there wasn’t anything we could say or do to help console my sister, but we thought that by helping the foundation, we were doing our part to help them accomplish their goal and get through the ordeal,” Lynn said. “It’s been a long journey. … I don’t think Glenn ever imagined he would ride around the perimeter of the country, but he is the kind of person that, once he sets a goal for himself, he does not back down.”


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

California Coverage!






We may not reach Santa Monica until the end of December but, 
thanks to the Santa Monica Observer, they know we are coming!
We were breaking news on the publication's website today.



Here is the article and a link to the website!
Thanks, David, for your help in getting the word out
about our ride and our visit to your area on December 29th!



67 Year Old Cyclist on a Charity Bicycle Quest to Honor Young Leukemia Victim

Glenn Hirsch is on a 10,000 mile bike ride for Cancer, ending at the Santa Monica Pier.
November 7, 2017

Lynn Hirsch
Glenn Hirsch is on a 10,000 mile bicycle ride around the US, ending at the Santa Monica Pier. Glenn had a white nose in November 2016 as he cycled southward in Arizona heading to NM, Texas then ending in New Orleans.
Glenn Hirsch is on a 10,000 mile bicycle ride around the US, ending at the Santa Monica Pier. He rides to honor the memory of his nephew, Ian Besner, who died of Leukemia in 2006, and to raise money to fight cancer. His wife, Lynn Hirsch, sent us the following email:
My husband, Glenn Hirsch, is 67 years old and has been an avid cyclist as long as I can remember. He has been a family physician for forty years and has always lived a healthy lifestyle.
In 2000, he took on a huge challenge, riding his bicycle from Seattle to Washington, DC for the American Lung Association. After completing the ride, he suffered a heart attack and had open heart surgery six months later. I thought that this would
end his long distance cycling but he persevered and did another long ride from San Francisco to LA in 2004 for the Arthritis Foundation.
In 2006, we had a loss in the family. Our nephew, Ian who was 11, died of Leukemia. In an effort to cope with this tragedy, my sister and brother-in-law founded I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation (icareicure.org) in Ian's memory to fund
research to discover gentler treatments for pediatric cancer. That is when our life became a personal journey to use Glenn's love of cycling to honor Ian and to raise funds and awareness for targeted therapies for childhood cancer:

Lynn Hirsch
In November, 2015, the Hirsch's reached the Atlantic Ocean after riding from New Orleans to St. Augustine, Florida. 
Since 2009, Glenn has cycled the East Coast Greenway from Key West to Maine at the Canadian Border, we traveled from Seattle to San Francisco, he pedaled the route from New Orleans to St. Augustine, FL and last fall we traveled from Phoenix to New
Orleans, all for I Care I Cure. I follow along as his support vehicle every mile along the way.
We named our journey I Care I Cure I Cycle (icareicureicycle.blogspot.com); every trip raising funds for I Care I Cure.
That brings us to today when we will embark on the last chapter of this adventure! In December 2017, Glenn will complete the full circle around the perimeter of the continental US, more than 10,000 miles in 17 years all for charities.
We will depart from Phoenix on December 20 and ride to San Diego by December 24 and onto the Santa Monica Pier on December 29. Please help us spread the word!
Thank you,
Lynn Hirsch
Atlanta, Georgia




Click here to see Thursday's breaking news in Santa Monica!!!



Click here to donate :)





Wednesday, November 8, 2017

"Giving is Not Just About Making a Donation...It is About Making a Difference"






Dear Family and Friends,

The I Care I Cure Foundation was founded by our sister and brother-in-law, Beth and Brad Besner, (along with their friends and family) in honor of our nephew, Ian, who was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in January, 2006, one week before his 11th birthday. Ian was an extraordinary boy who shared his joy and love of life with everyone who met him. Sadly, Ian lost his battle with cancer just four months after his diagnosis suffering during that time the ravages of chemotherapies that were supposed to save his life. 






The  I Care I Cure Foundation supports the development of, and raises public awareness about, cutting-edge, targeted therapies for childhood cancer, so that the treatment of childhood cancer will be gentler and more tolerable. By educating the public about scientific breakthroughs in genetic childhood cancer research that are within reach but seriously underfunded, the foundation hopes to quickly raise money to fund research grants and provide seed money to researchers for new studies. 

By sharing with you how close the medical community is to more humane treatment for childhood cancer, we hope that you will want to be part of the effort to fund this ground breaking research so that fewer and fewer children have to suffer as Ian did.

Many of you are aware that Glenn and I created I Care I Cure I Cycle in memory of Ian, to shine a light on childhood cancer and to raise funds for more humane treatment for kids with this insidious disease.  What you might not realize is that Glenn has been participating in rides for charities for many years.  He has done several MS 150 rides and a ride for the Diabetes Foundation but his long distances charity rides began in earnest 17 years ago when he was 50 years old.

In 2000, he took on a huge challenge, riding his bicycle from Seattle to Washington, DC for the American Lung Association.   After completing the ride, he suffered a heart attack and had open heart surgery six months later.  I thought that this would end his long distance cycling but he persevered and did another long ride from San Francisco to LA in 2004 for the Arthritis Foundation.  
After Ian's death, these rides became a passion for both of us.  That is when our life became a personal journey to use Glenn’s love of cycling to honor Ian and to raise funds and awareness for targeted therapies for childhood cancer.
Since 2009, Glenn has cycled the East Coast Greenway from Key West to Maine at the Canadian Border, we traveled from Seattle to San Francisco with Ian's Aunt Laurie and Uncle Jim, Glenn pedaled the route from New Orleans to St. Augustine, FL and last fall we traveled from Phoenix to New Orleans, all for I Care I Cure. I handle the logistics and follow along as our SAG (support and gear) vehicle every mile along the way.
That brings us to today when we will embark on the last chapter of this adventure.  Next month, Glenn will complete the full circle around the perimeter of the continental US, more than 10,000 miles in 17 years all for charities.   We will depart from Phoenix on December 20 and ride to San Diego by December 24 and onto the Santa Monica Pier on December 29.   
Our children and grandsons will join us for the last few miles and we invite anyone who might be in the area to help us celebrate this incredible accomplishment!    If you can't join us but would like to help us honor Ian and fund this cutting edge research, Click here to donate now!
Thank you so very much to all who have already donated for this year's ride and to all who follow this blog for your continued love and support!  It has meant so much to us over the years to know that we had so many people pulling for us, cheering us on and sending their thoughts and good wishes!

Lynn and Glenn

The ride starts 6 weeks from today! 
Let the countdown begin!





Sunday, October 15, 2017

PRIDE IN OUR RIDE








We decided that this ride needed a very special
new logo to celebrate the fact that Glenn will
complete his ride around the entire perimeter of 
the continental USA, a distance of more than
10,000 miles, at the end of this leg of 
our journey on December 29, 2017!

Thanks to my sister, Laurie Beaty, for her
time and talent in creating this fun and
meaningful logo.  You'll be seeing it often and
it will grace the front of our 2017 tee shirts!



All The Way.....Around The USA!




Not an exact recreation of Glenn's route
but very close!




Here is our updated route for this ride:

December 20 - Depart Phoenix AZ to Wickenburg, AZ
55 miles
December 21 - Wickenburg, AZ to Blythe, CA
112 miles
December 22 - Blythe, CA to Brawley, CA
89.4 miles
December 23 - Brawley, CA to Alpine, CA
98.7 miles
December 24 - Alpine, CA to San Diego, CA to Oceanside, CA
68.3 miles
December 25-27 enjoy Oceanside, CA
December 27 - Oceanside, CA to Laguna Beach, CA
36.4 miles
December 28 - Laguna Beach, CA to Venice Beach, CA
63 miles

December 29 - The whole family/friends will ride from
Venice Beach to the Santa Monica Pier to complete
the ride and Glenn's journey around the entire
perimeter of the United States
2.9 Miles




Please let us know if you would like to join us as we complete this 
journey.  I have a few hotel suites reserved in Marina Del Rey that
could be yours if you are looking for a get-away from 
for December 28-31.  Ride the last 3 miles with us on December 29
or just meet us at the Santa Monica Pier to celebrate!

I'm still looking for media coverage and would love some 
help if you have a contact!  Just let me know!

As always, the purpose for this journey remains our
commitment to raising awareness and funds for targeted
therapies for childhood cancer.  Join us as we support
I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation!







During this last ride, we'll take you back to earlier 
rides that you might have missed.




This photo was taken on Saturday, November 7, 2009
as we departed from Key West, FL on the very first
day of our I Care I Cure I Cycle journey!






Sunday, September 24, 2017

I Care I Cure I Cycle in the News!





Thanks very much to The Marietta Daily Journal and to
contributor, Kim M. Nielson for this great coverage of I Care I Cure I Cycle! 
We hope to share this journey with the world!  















Sunday, September 24, 2017  MDJ 

RIDING ON: Vinings man to complete cycling tour of United States perimeter, raises funds for childhood cancer treatments

By Kimberly M. Nielson
MDJ Contributor

VININGS — This December, Glenn Hirsch is going on a journey.

The family physician will endure uphill climbs across some punishing terrain, withstanding hours on a stiff bicycle seat and perhaps repairing a few flat tires on his carbon-frame bicycle.

But the Vinings resident is hoping his 512-mile route will be more than simply a quest to see the American Southwest — it will help fund research for better treatments for children with cancer and complete his tour of the perimeter of the United States.

Though he is a lifelong cyclist, Hirsch, 67, began long-distance cycling for charity in 2000, when he completed a nearly 3,000 mile ride from Seattle to Washington, D.C. for the American Lung Association. Over the years, he continued riding during his off-times from work, including a 2004 ride from San Francisco to the Santa Monica Pier for the Arthritis Foundation.

He continued to add miles in his quest to travel the perimeter of the U.S with rides along the entire East Coast Greenway, which stretches from Florida to Maine, and last year’s ride, which took Hirsch from Arizona to New Orleans. When he cycles from Phoenix to Santa Monica in December, he will complete the perimeter loop of the continental U.S.

Since 2009, Hirsch’s cycling efforts have been focused on raising funds for the I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation,(icareicure.org) an organization that seeks to improve cancer treatments for children. It’s an organization close to the Hirsch family’s heart. In early 2006, the Hirschs’ 11-year-old nephew, Ian, was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Ian endured traditional cancer treatments that shattered his immune system and isolated him from his friends and schoolmates. Though I Care I Cure notes he was cancer-free after just 15 days of treatment, his immune system was unable to combat a case of meningitis. He died May 31, 2006, a mere four months after his cancer diagnosis.

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Glenn Hirsch, a Vinings family physician, has been long-distance cycling for charity since 2000.

Lynn Hirsch said that I Care I Cure was started by her sister and brother-in-law to ensure other children did not go through treatments that their son Ian endured. Most notably, I Care I Cure supports research of targeted therapies that allow children to be treated for cancer without the side effects typically associated with traditional cancer treatments.

“Right now, it would be nice to (have) a cure for childhood cancer, but before that happens, it would be nice to know that the kids who are suffering with cancer have a more tolerable way to fight the disease,” said Lynn Hirsch, who drives a support vehicle while Glenn cycles. “Besides raising the funds, we try to raise awareness (about childhood cancer treatment) with the rides.”

The couple blog about their mission — which they call I Care I Cure I Cycle (icareicureicycle.blogspot.com) — and donate all funds raised on Glenn’s rides to the I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation.

A CHALLENGING BUT REWARDING RIDE

Though the rides can be challenging — some days, Glenn Hirsch will log eight hours on a bicycle — he feels it’s a small sacrifice given what his nephew endured as a cancer patient.

“When things really get tough, I have a tendency to think back to Ian, and figure what I’m doing didn’t compare to what he had to go through. He (is) an inspiration,” he said. “I like to cycle. I figure this is one way to make something else good to come out of it, by being able to raise funds for the foundation.”

This December, the couple will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, where Glenn Hirsch will begin a 500-mile ride into southern California. He hopes to arrive at the Santa Monica Pier, and be joined by family members celebrating Ian’s life and the end of his journey. As Glenn Hirsch notes, the rides have been emotional, and raising money for better treatments has served as a method of healing for the family.

“Government (funded cancer research) only goes so far sometimes, unfortunately,” Glenn Hirsch said. “(We’re) making lemonade out of lemons — making something good come out of this.”

As he prepares for December, Hirsch’s training for long distance rides include trips along the Silver Comet Trail and to his office in east Cobb, where he practices medicine. Hirsch’s long distance cycling is also a testament to the power of going forward. Though he has always led a healthy lifestyle, he has had health concerns. After his cross-country ride in 2000, he suffered a heart attack upon his return to Georgia. But following his recovery from bypass surgery, Hirsch, who now works three days a week as a physician at WellStar Medical Group’s East Cobb Medical Center, went back to his love of the open road aboard a bicycle.

“My goal every year is to see if I can get more miles on my bike than my car,” he quipped.

When asked about his love of cycling, Hirsch noted the sport’s relaxing qualities and meditative nature.

“One of the things about it is, when the world goes by as fast as you can peddle, things slow down immensely,” he said. “Some of my best thinking is on a bicycle.”

While Glenn will continue to ride, both he and Lynn said the December 2017 ride is the completion of I Care I Cure I Cycle. Though he may still do other long distance rides in the future, it’s time, Glenn said, to focus on other goals. With that in mind, the couple is hoping to raise more than they ever have for the I Care I Cure foundation.

“This is kind of the last hurrah,” Lynn Hirsch said, later adding that as far as the journey’s fundraising goals are concerned,” … The sky’s the limit.”

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Glenn Hirsch, a Vinings family physician, has been long-distance cycling for charity since 2000. When he cycles from Phoenix to Santa Monica in December, he will complete the perimeter loop of the continental U.S. / Special to the MDJ







Here is our route for this ride:
December 20 - Depart Phoenix AZ to Wickenburg, AZ
December 21 - Wickenburg, AZ to Blythe, CA
December 22 - Blythe, CA to Brawley, CA
December 23 - Brawley, CA to Alpine, CA
December 24 - Alpine, CA to San Diego
December 25-27 enjoy San Diego
December 27 - San Diego, CA to Laguna Beach, CA
December 28 - Laguna Beach, CA to Venice Beach, CA
December 29 The whole family will ride from Venice Beach to
the Santa Monica Pier to complete the ride and Glenn's
journey around the entire perimeter of the United States

If you will be in the area and would like to join us 
along the way or at the Santa Monica Pier, just let
us know!  The more, the merrier!