Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Spectacular Students Supporting I Care I Cure

We were privileged to be able to spend this evening
with a group of exceptional high school students here 
in Atlanta.   The Dunwoody HS I Care I Cure Student
Service Club had it's first fundraiser tonight and it
was a huge success.  If tonight is any indication, these 
kids are going to be an amazing asset to the
I Care I Cure family!

Jenna Hogan and Gabby Bloomberg the founders of the club

The festive atmosphere was apparent immediately! 

The Moon Song Band was great and supported 
I Care I Cure between songs!

The lines just kept getting longer....out the door!

Family support of the event
Sara, Fletcher, Lynn, Neil and Miles

Some of the girls involved in the group.
They had 125 students attend their first meeting last month!

Lynn with Hannah, Gabby and Jenna

All one big happy I Care I Cure family now!

Miles and Fletcher enjoying the party atmosphere!

Can't wait to hear how much $$$ they raised for I Care I Cure tonight!
We are looking forward to a close and long relationship with
the Dunwoody HS I Care I Cure Club!

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Right here in our backyard!
I Care I Cure is spreading around the country!


I Care I Cure Student Service Clubs continue to grow.  125 students signed up
to be part of the newest club, founded by Jenna Hogan and Gabby Bloomberg.  

Jenna and Gabby discussed a way to raise both money and awareness for childhood cancer in the Dunwoody area through a club at their High School, and were thrilled to connect with the I Care I Cure Foundation. "We thought this would be the perfect way to get students involved in something at school that can really make a difference."  Jenna and Gabby said "reading Ian's story, and learning more about the foundation really made us eager to spread awareness and get something started at school. We are so excited to be apart of the I Care I Cure Foundation, and we cannot wait to see all of the involvement towards a cure for childhood cancer in our school and community."

I Care I Cure congratulates these dedicated students and welcomes them to the growing group of caring young adults who are committed to raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.  These students are our future.  One of them may actually be the one to make the breakthrough in research that may, one day, save children with cancer.  For more information on starting your own I Care I Cure Student Service Club visit us at  www.icareicure.org.

We are so thrilled to announce our association with this 
great group of HS students here in Atlanta!

They are having their first fundraiser for
I Care I Cure and we'll be there to support them.

Why not join us if you are in Atlanta?!?!?!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
5 PM - 9 PM
at The Village Burger

1426 Dunwoody Village Pkwy, 

Dunwoody, GA 30338

Food and Live Entertainment

10% of all proceeds will

be donated to I Care I Cure

Let's support

these Kids who Care!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Goals are Dreams With Deadlines!

Each year when we begin to plan the ride for 
I Care I Cure, we set an attainable goal.  This year it was 
$5000.  When we got close to that total we dared to
imagine that we could reach $7500.  This year that goal 
was met and surpassed because of each and every 
one of our generous donors!  With thanks, also, to a 
friend who, last week, made an incredible $3000 
donation from her family's foundation!  
We are so very happy to report that 
we have raised more than $10,000 this year
for I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation!!

Today I went back through all 7 years of the ride via 
the blog to try to calculate how much we have
raised since we began I Care I Cure I Cycle in 2009.   The 
estimated total is $41,488.00!  That includes $725
that our grandsons raised with two lemonade stands!
When we began doing this, we didn't have a clue
that this would become a yearly journey!
When we "arrive at one goal, it is the starting
point of another"!  We'll take a short break before
we start planning the next leg of this Westward ride!

Several times during this last ride Glenn mentioned, on
the more difficult days,  that perhaps he is getting too
old to do this any longer.  The last two days, one of them
a century ride, proved to him that he still has the stuff to
continue.   "You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream"!   

It's also never too late to donate!

Just Click Here :)

Our next big event for I Care I Cure is the 5K and Family Fun Day

I Care I Cure I Run 2016

I Care I Cure's 9th Annual I Care I Cure…I Run 
February 7, 2016, 8:00AM BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL. 

Join us this year for the 5K Run/Walk, followed by the 
Mile Run of Color Fun. This year, take your team to the 
next level!  Are you ready for the challenge?

If you'll be in South Florida, join our team,
We Are Family 2016!  

More details and registration info when it is available.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Joy of Giving

I spent the morning yesterday at Thanksgiving Day Programs at Fletcher's and 
Miles' schools.   As I sat there, I thought about how I could bring the end
of this ride and this season of giving together in a few paragraphs.  I'm not as
eloquent as Jim or as focused as Glenn in my writing so I am usually
happy to just put captions to the photos and call that my contribution to the
blog.   This time, I have the need to go further and deeper.

We all have our own ways of giving.  We are so grateful that so many
of you have chosen to donate to I Care I Cure - those checks and credit
card contributions are so very crucial to the mission of our family's
foundation.   Every single dollar is appreciated!    Some of you have 
supported us in other ways.   We thank you for joining Glenn on the
road, for treating us to meals on the our journeys, for writing us 
inspiring emails while we pedal and drive, for surprising us every day 
with new friends and followers who have joined our big I Care I Cure 
I Cycle family.   There is something to be said for the phase, "It takes
a village"!    We are all in this together - raising funds to assure that 
kids in need are provided gentler and less toxic treatments for
childhood cancer.   Not one child should have to suffer as Ian did.

Now to go a little further with thoughts of giving.  We can all do 
more!   Glenn and I felt frustrated and helpless right after Ian's 
death.  We helped in whatever way we could but we knew we needed to 
do more than just make yearly donations.  That is how I Care I Cure I Cycle 
came to be.  It was a way to join Glenn's love of cycling and our need to 
make a bigger impact and raise awareness for I Care I Cure and the race 
for targeted therapies for childhood cancer.  You all came on this journey 
with us. Perhaps you feel that you can do more but don't know how to 
accomplish that.   I thought I would share some ideas!  

I recently was contacted by a student from Dunwoody High School 
right here in Atlanta. They have just started an I Care I Cure Student 
Service Club at the school. Students can select community service projects 
that relate to helping children living or dealing with cancer as well as other 
projects that are a priority for their communities such as street clean-ups or 
working in a homeless shelter.  If you have children or a grandchildren
 in High School, why not encourage them to start a Club in their school 
and help them :)  The I Care I Cure Administrator has kits and information. 

Just click here to email Babette for more info!

If you are a retail business or restaurant owner, perhaps you could
pick a day and label it "I Care I Cure Day" and donate a small
percentage of your proceeds from that day to I Care I Cure? 
If we are nearby, Glenn and I will come and lend support!

If you have small children or grandchildren, a lemonade stand is 
always a great idea.  They love it and are instilled with the 
idea of service and giving to a worthy cause.
Our grandsons, Benji and Evan, ask to do this yearly!

The I Care I Cure Mitzvah Matters Program
 is being introduced in synagogues around the country. The Mitzvah 
Matters Program assumes that many teens around the country, who 
are approaching their bar and bat mitzvahs, develop Mitzvah Projects in 
conjunction with their celebrations to do mitzvot or “good deeds”.    Any 
teens that are interested in conducting I Care I Cure fundraisers or 
participating in the Mitzvah Matters Program should 
contact   info@icareicure.org

Of course, the most obvious way to raise funds is by doing a 
bike ride or a run (that is not a fundraiser for another charity)
and ask friends and family to support you and I Care I Cure.
All of you who do the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta could do
something like this.   Better yet, plan to ride with Glenn on our
next I Care I Cure I Cycle adventure.   It's not too early to let us
know you might be interested!   The more the merrier!

Speaking of runs, I Care I Cure has a 5K and Family Fun Day
every year in Sunrise, FL.  Join our team, We Are Family, or start your own!!
This year the event is on Sunday, February 7th at 8 AM.
Save the Date and come join this "FUN"raiser!

There are countless ways to give and feel good while doing it.  
If you decide to do anything like this, let us know and we'll send out a blog update, announce it on Social Media and make you the star - just as you all have made us feel loved and important on this journey!

No blog post about I Care I Cure is complete without mention of Ian and his parents and brothers.   The day Ian was diagnosed is forever etched in my mind.   That day was shocking and unbelievable.  Little
did we know that it would be the treatment for cancer and not the Leukemia itself that would be responsible for his death so quickly.   This kind of tragedy strikes families every day.  Beth and Brad, along with Noah and Grant have worked tirelessly for years to raise funds so that other families can be spared this outcome.   We love them and are so very proud of them all.  What we do is for them and in memory of Ian.

For more info about I Care I Cure

Beth and Brad with Ian, Noah and Grant
in the carefree days before I Care I Cure.

A Glimpse From Glenn

I was asked to give some thought about what I wanted to say for the last blog posting for this ride.  I knew that it was not to just recount the morning's ride.  The challenge made me think about the tours that I have done since 2000.  The completion of a journey has meant much more than just doing a segment as we did up the East Coast.  The first ride was the Big Ride across America, starting in Seattle and ending at the Lincoln Memorial in DC.  On that day, I vividly recall how I was riding slower for I did not want the experience to end.  There was little question how much I missed my family but during those seven weeks of being away, time just slowed down and it was so stress free.  I could relate to the image that Lynn posted the other day of how the routine was to get up, eat enough to get through the day's ride and set up at the next camp and repeat.  Being greeted by so many people and having the good fortune to have my family and other relatives meet me there was utter joy.  I did not have the same feeling when I went from San Francisco to LA, probably because I wiped out about 10 miles before the end and I was just glad to be done.  I can still show off the scraped areas on my wallet that I was carrying that day.  Finishing the segments as we went up the East Coast Greenway just made me feel that I was getting closer to the goal of getting to Canada.  It was not until I had the distinct pleasure of having my family, Laurie, Sean and my friends Don and Denise cross over into Canada with me that once again I had the sense of accomplishment and pride in a job well done.  I must say that crossing over the Golden Gate last year was fantastic.  The Pacific Northwest scenery was everything that I hoped it would be and I consider that to have been the ride that finished the West Coast having done the other segment earlier.  This year I began the arduous process of going across the South.  Mostly, I feel that way because I am concerned that the scenery will not be as varied and beautiful as the ride last year or the one across the US.  But having started at the Mississippi and heading east, I felt that Tuesday was almost like concluding a ride.  I was proud of myself for completing it and was quite emotional as I carried my bike and stepped into the Atlantic.  It renewed my interest in completing the rest of the trip westward. After all, it is only about 1800 miles from New Orleans to San Diego!

I also thought about the varied intersections that one might have in life.  Most often this is with the people who are meaningful to us as we interact over time.  But in my quest to cycle around the country, I have now managed to achieve three such intersecting points in the perimeter I am trying to do.  Seattle was the take off point for the cross country ride and also the starting point for the ride down the Pacific Coast. Washington DC was the end point for the cross country ride and a spot on the East Coast Greenway. St Augustine was along the East Coast Greenway in the south and also the terminus for my trip across the Southern US.  Only one more and I will have my own version of four corners.

Lynn and I often have talked about how easy it was to get on a bike and go places in Lakewood, NJ, where we grew up.  I suppose from my childhood the two most important interests I developed,and remain to this day, were biking and going to the library and reading.  I listed those as hobbies when I did my residency application and they seemed so simplistic.  I never would have imagined that the passion for biking would take off during that time and during our residence in Pennsylvania.  I have no clue as to how many miles I have ridden in my life but I am sure it would be sufficient to have me go several times around the earth.  Sometimes I think about how much gas I have saved by riding to work.  Other times I have considered how much I have been able to raise for charities including: Tour De Cure(Diabetes Association), MS Rides, Big Ride(Lung Association) and the California Coast Classic(Arthritis Foundation).  When I first read about the East Coast Greenway in 2003, I thought it would be a neat thing to do.  I thought I would once again do it as a charity ride but ask people to donate to the charity of their choice.  After all, at that time Ian was a healthy 8 year old who shared an interest with me in baseball and appeared to have infinite options in his future as he was bright and spirited.  Unfortunately, that was not to be and Lynn and I decided that I would put the miles in and we would do our part to raise funds for I Care I Cure in his memory and honor.  I think of him often during the rides as there is plenty of time to think and hope that the contributions that are made will be helpful for many families who will encounter similar problems to his.  So thanks to all of you for making these efforts so meaningful and memorable.

Till the next segment ~ Westward Ho to El Paso!


Considering that the SAG vehicle gets between
17-24 mpg, the bike"gas" mileage is pretty amazing!

On our way home from St. Augustine in the car,
Glenn suggested that I mention on Social
Media and in the blog that we would match
any donations that we received between 2 pm
on Tuesday, November 17 and 8 am on Wednesday,
November 18.   Your response was overwhelming
and so very much appreciated.   Thanks To You,
we raised $1336.00 in that time period which
added an additional $2672 to the total with our
matching donation.

We are proud to announce that the 
2015 I Care I Cure I Cycle 
New Orleans to St. Augustine Ride
raised $6444.00 for I Care I Cure!

Click Here to Donate

We'd like to thank our children and
grandchildren for their constant support 
 during these bike rides.   They checked in
each day and were happy to hear that PA
has reached his next destination safely!

A note Glenn received from Evan, 
our 6 year old grandson, while we 
were on the road.

A collage done by grandson Miles, 5, after our return!

Many thanks to our sister and 
brother-in-law, Laurie and Jim Beaty
for joining us on these last two rides!
Couldn't have done it without you!

Now Glenn will get some much needed rest.
To assure this, I delivered his bike to
the repair shop yesterday for a tune-up.
680 miles takes it toll on man and bicycle!

After the ride from Seattle to San Francisco,
we did not have a plan for the next ride.
It was unlike Glenn not to have a goal!

This time, thoughts about the next adventure
have surfaced already!  The southern
part of the country West of the Mississippi
has to be conquered!  Below is a possible
route suggested by Google Maps.
We'll see!  That's a lot of miles!

For now, Glenn will be back to riding his bike to work each day
and enjoying weekend jaunts just for fun!

We have enjoyed this ride and sharing it
with you through this blog.

We'll keep in touch when there is
news to share!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Last Day was a Fast Day!

It was a more leisurely morning since the last ride 
was only about 32 miles.  Glenn left our hotel in
Palatka, FL at about 8:45 AM.

One last ride!

One last bridge?

Over the St. John River in Palatka

(Turns out there was another bridge to reach St. Augustine
but there isn't a photo of it)

I happened to catch up with Glenn on the road and
made sure that he didn't need anything.
He was off again with a plan to meet me 
at the beach to complete the ride.
Still 20 miles more from this point!

Off on his way!

Crossed under Route 95, knowing that we'd be
back to drive home later in the day!
Some drizzle and clouds kept the morning
more comfortable for Glenn

Almost there!!

I made it to St. Augustine Beach first and had a few
minutes to enjoy the view before Glenn arrived for
the real exciting moment!

The Seagulls were plentiful and loud for me!

Glenn arrived just before 11:30 AM making this the
shortest and fastest (in time) ride of the journey!

This was the moment that Glenn had been waiting for 
since departing from the Mississippi River in New
 Orleans on Monday, November 9th.  Reaching the Atlantic
 Ocean seemed like it might be a pipe dream on those difficult 
days! He was quick to get his feet in the water(but no bike
was hurt in the process)!  What a sense of accomplishment!

After 9 days of eating peanut butter all day on the road,
Glenn was hoping for a real lunch today.  He even remarked 
that he would love Ahi Tuna.   Happily, that was a choice
on the menu at the restaurant chosen by our friends!

  We were so happy that a longtime friend of mine,
Cherie Wilson and her husband, Ron, were
able to join us for our celebratory meal at the
end of the ride.  Now I realize we should have had
champagne to toast the completion!

Day 9's statistics from Palatka, FL to St. Augustine Beach, FL
32.75 miles in 2:14:20 minutes!
The Last Day was a Fast Day!
He traveled at 14.6 mph and only
ascended 86 feet (probably the bridges again :)
I'm sure his lunch took care of the
1457 calories that he expended!

We made it home at 7:20 PM tonight 
after traveling 676.66 days by bike 
and 1699 miles by car!

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement and support!
Watch for another blog post on Thursday when I'll
announce the total donations and have some
final words from Glenn.

The ride is done but our work to raise funds
for I Care I Cure continues.

Today, I put a post on Facebook and Instagram
that I will repeat for those of you who may not
have seen it.

We haven't made our donation to I Care I Cure for the bike ride yet so we 
would like to match any donations made from now until midnight tonight. 
(we'll extend it until 8 AM tomorrow for you)

Just click on this link to go straight to our donation page. Help us fund 
research for targeted therapies for childhood cancer! 
No amount is too small....or too large 

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Click here to donate now!