Cardiac Transplant Recipient Rides Bike

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Richard is riding again! I'm driving again! Your support will help make the Tour de Second Chance 3 a big success!

Richard's Story:
In September 2000 I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. On March 26, 2004 I received a donor heart and had a cardiac transplant at the age of 52; the same age cardiomyopathy claimed the life of my mother. Its been quite a journey since...

The Tour de Second Chance is a bike ride I designed with my wife and partner Barbara that starts in Cleveland, Ohio and ends in Boston, Massachusetts. Riding a bicycle has helped me find my way back to being athletic with my new donor heart. Now I ride to celebrate my life, to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and to share my experiences before, during and after my transplant with those interested. In 2008 I made the 800 mile trip in 11 days. In 2010 I did the ride in 8 days. On both tours we stopped at hospitals along our route to meet and talk with those people waiting for donor hearts in Cleveland, Rochester, Albany, and Boston. Visit http://www.tourdesecondchance.com and look through the blog from our 2008 and 2010 rides. We met so many wonderful people! We also have a Facebook page where you can post questions we will address regularly. https://www.facebook.com/TourDeSecondChance

Your support will help pay for fuel and tolls, a rental car if our dear old SAAB isn't up for the trip, motels, meals, publicity, outreach and documentation, AND any unplanned repairs to the bikes that are needed as the ride is underway. All funds donated will go directly to support the ride.
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Richard and I thank you so deeply for making this year's Tour de Second Chance Ride possible and very successful. You knew better than we did as the ride ended up costing more than our original goal. With your help we visited 14 patients (4 post transplant, 10 waiting for hearts) and connected with numerous healthcare professionals in 6 hospitals (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Allegheny General Hospital, Cleveland Clinics, University Hospital, Rochester Strong Memorial and Brigham and Women's Hospital) and honored the people at 3 OPO's (organ procurement organizations - CORE, CDT and NEOB). Our messages of "DONATE LIFE" and "be a partner in your own wellbeing", were echoed and amplified through press coverage. Your love and support and encouragement made this happen. Here is a link to the morning show interview conducted by NECN anchor Steve Aveson with Richard and Dr. Eldrin Lewis from BWH (one of Richard's cardiologists). http://www.necn.com/08/26/13/Heart-transplant-recipients-900-mile-bic/landing_features.html?blockID=850625&feedID=11106

We've decided for now to keep this campaign open to continue to raise funds for the next Tour de Second Chance Ride. Cheers, Barbara and Richard
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We all did it! Richard rode home from Northampton yesterday and today was received by press and his healthcare team at Brigham and Women's Hospital finishing the Tour de Second Chance 3 Ride. So many people have helped him get down the road! We are grateful for your support and well wishes. The inspiration was mutual. Your mugs and photo books are in the works...Cheers, Richard and Barbara
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If you ordered a mug (dandy item #2) please know it will be sent out after we complete the ride.
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Richard did another 100 mile training ride today - woo hoo! We have made connections with some wonderful people in Pittsburgh and look forward to starting the ride in a new city with such an active transplant community. The ride is a week away and we are busy preparing to hit the road on Saturday. We are so moved by the response to this project. Thank you for making this happen!
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Michael Jones
57 months ago

You STILL have a Saab?

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$6,555 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 79 people in 60 months
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JH
$100
jim henry
58 months ago

am i too late? this is what happens when i don't check email. now i know why richard called from belchertown. damn. if i'm too late just spend the dough on red meat. love!

CW
$100
claudyne wilder
58 months ago

Better late than never. for future projects or finishing this one as you dream

KB
$100
Kevin Barry
58 months ago

Sending all our love and support, the Barry family.

FG
$20
Franc Graham
58 months ago

A beautiful thing.

DL
$75
Debbie Lane
58 months ago

Richard, you inspire us! Congratulations! --Debbie and Rich Lane

MG
$75
Marianne Ganzer
58 months ago

kill it brother!

DB
$50
David Bennett
58 months ago

Fill that tank!

MS
$20
Moe Schober
59 months ago

"Ride, captain, ride." Best wishes from all of us.

Michael Jones
57 months ago

You STILL have a Saab?

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