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!








Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Go Gold!



Cancer is diagnosed each year in about 175,000 children
ages 14 and under worldwide.

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past
infancy for U.S. children.

However, thanks to better therapies, more than 80% of U.S.
childhood cancer patients now become long-term survivors.

Survival rates can vary depending on the type of cancer.

About 420,000 childhood cancer survivors live in the U.S.,
with many more around the world. 

The I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer 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 seeing how close we are to more humane treatment for childhood cancer, we know the public will demand better treatments, NOW.
One more child’s life that is lost to cancer is one too many!


We are going Gold in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

I Care I Cure I Cycle is dedicated to raising funds to
insure that children with cancer do not have to suffer
the way that our nephew, Ian, did!


If you would like to donate in memory of Ian and in honor of
Glenn's final leg of his bicycle ride, just click below:




Now on to some details about the ride!



Many of you may know that we are planning to depart on our last ride for I Care I Cure in December.  It seems the right time to close this chapter as Glenn completes his journey around the entire perimeter of the United States.  The map above is a fairly accurate depiction of his 10,000+ miles of pedaling for charities during the last 17 years.   This will be the 8th year that we have hit the road for I Care I Cure in memory of Ian and these adventures have been exhausting and fulfilling.  We hope that you will follow us and support us one last time!

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!









Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cycling in Colorado....Bucket List Challenge






Colorado is a wonderfully bicycle friendly state!

Our recent visit to Colorado was an opportunity to visit friends and family
but also afforded Glenn the chance to attempt a cycling Bucket List challenge 
that he has hoped to accomplish since a visit to Colorado in 1988. At that time
he could hardly carry our, then, 5 year old son up a trail in Rocky Mountain
National Park without becoming breathless while cyclists whizzed past him to 
climb to the 12,000 foot elevations.  He vowed to tried that one day!




Found some interesting biking signs while wandering around Denver!









Lake Dillon bike trails....hard to pedal too quickly
on some of the trails in this mountainous area. The elevation is 9111 in
Dillon so the air is thin for those of us from the low lying areas!






Glenn headed out from Dillon on a rented bike at 6:51 AM to 
pedal up to Loveland Pass which is a distance of 17.3 miles
with an elevation ascent of 3385 ft.  He pedaled at an average of 10
miles per hour and made it to the Pass in two hours and 20
minutes.  The return ride (coast) to Dillon was much faster!









                                                                                                                                                                                          



                                                                 










Don and Denise Stillwagon, longtime friends,
have been with us at times during two of the I Care I Cure
I Cycle adventures.  They joined us in Maine in 2014 when 
we completed the East Coast Greenway ride and we 
had a little respite with them at their home near Houston
during last fall's crazy ride through Texas.  Again, their
hospitality at their Dillon Condo, helped Glenn to 
achieve this bucket list item!










Meeting up as Glenn climbed to Loveland Pass












Still some snow on the peaks!
















Switchbacks along the route










SUCCESS!  Check this one off the list!











Didn't stay up at the Pass very long.  The temp was 42 with a 
wind chill of 35 degrees.  Gloves and a hat would have helped!











Heading back down the pass


















Another adventure in the books!









HELP WANTED!!!
                                              
We are home now and have begun planning the BIG ride for this
December.  We will share details very soon!

In the meantime, we'd love some help!  We hope to 
get lots and lots of media attention!

First and foremost, it is our desire to have I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation
receive much needed and deserved media attention as a result of Uncle Glenn's last ride. Our goal of raising funds for research for targeted therapies, which would provide gentler and less toxic treatment for childhood cancers, is never far from our minds during these rides!




Secondly, we think that people will enjoy this human interest story....after all, how many 67 
year olds complete a bicycle journey around the entire perimeter of the US, a distance of more
than 10,000 miles and live to tell about it?!?!!?  





Do you know someone, anyone, who might help us get this story out?  Newspapers,
online publications, TV or Radio stations or producers?   Do you want to help by writing
press releases, making phone calls, keeping Glenn company on the road?
We would be so grateful for any kind of help.  This is a daunting task this year!

You can contact us at lynnhirsch@yahoo.com
There might be a little prize involved for the first
few helpers who volunteer :)

Below is a little sneak peek of our route....Hoping to see you on the road!
                                 
                             










Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It's Not a Race, It's a Journey!

    

Uncle Glenn's 2017 Ride 



In late 2017, Uncle Glenn will embark on another incredible 
bicycle ride to raise funds for I Care I Cure.  This year's 500+ 
mile ride will begin in Phoenix, AZ, go through San Diego and end 
at the Santa Monica Pier.   This will conclude Uncle Glenn's cycling 
journey around the perimeter of the entire United States, a distance 
of more than 10,000 miles.  Many of these miles have been pedaled 
in memory of our nephew, Ian, and to raise awareness for the need 
for less toxic treatments for childhood cancer.



More details will follow but we are hoping to begin this journey in mid 
December when it is cool enough for Glenn to ride across the desert and we plan to reach the Santa Monica Pier around December 27th or 28th.  Mark your calendar if you can be there to celebrate at the end of this ride and let me know if you can help us get some media coverage on this last leg....a "mature" cyclist pedaling around the entire perimeter of the US has to be news worthy.  Don't you think?!?!?


Lots of planning to do but we'll keep you posted!
Thanks for your support!