5000 miles for Sarcoidosis research

$3,450 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 7 months
My wife Barbara was diagnosed with Pulmonary Sarcoidosis officially in 2008, though we suspect she had it long before her official diagnosis, and Cardiac Sarcoidosis in 2015.

Barbara inspires me every day with her willingness to participate in patient studies, research programs and her ability to connect via social media with other patients and provide her perspective, and how she manages her illness. On my side, I wanted to raise awareness through fundraising and my passion. Cycling, I have always loved riding bikes, but mostly as a method of transportation, and have never done any serious distance riding.

Then things got crazy… The idea to ride a century (100 miles) in every state came shortly after that finishing a two day 100+ mile ride from Chicago to New Buffalo, MI. We began fundraising, with the long term goal of 50 states, 5000 miles and $50,000 for the Foundation of Sarcoidosis Research.

Barbara and I are grateful for the work they do for patients facing Sarcoidosis and hopefully will be able to complete our fundraising goals very soon.

Total raised so far from 36 donors: $1,500

100   Lorraine Bell
50   Lynne Stong
100   Dan Gibbs
100   Mario Diez
20   Katrine Blacklaw
25   Cody Wymore
25   Margo Oldendorp
10   Mahina Choy-Ellis
20    Ryan Jacobs
20   Robert Manjrawala
20   Steven Hwang
25   Andrew King
40   Rachel Conforti
20   Dayna Levy
25   Catherine Collins
25   Kat Feeney
20   Steve Penza
25   Drew Kaspers
40   Peter Macey
20   Kara Brennan
40   tal chalozin
20   Cara Feeney
8   Elle Achil
30   Tiffany Foxwell
50   Ham Bunge
50   Beth-Ann Eason
50   Todd Pasternack
30   Ken Markus
20   Jake LaDuke
50   christopher kremer
50   Laurie Amadeo
50   Tanya Andreev Kaspin
20   Kyle Curtis
100   Lorraine Bell
102   D Caldwell
100   William-Grace Grefé

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New Mexico
Rounding out the season was this years Day of the Tread in Albuquerque. Barbara and I flew into ABQ on Saturday morning, immediately went for to lunch at the famous Frontier restaurant and settled into our hotel on the edge of town along the Bosque Trail.

It was a nice change of pace and beautiful scenery surrounded us as i took the bike from the container and began assembling it.

Sunday morning we got up before sunrise and headed downtown to ride start in the middle of downtown ABQ. I started the ride solo early than the official start time, l because we had our flight home to catch.

The ride was great! Police support at all major intersections, roads were blocked off through the main downtown part of the ride. From downtown we headed onto the paved Bosque trails before diverting onto public roads. The ride featured two big climbs, challenging for sure, but going down, it was all worth it. Downhill i raced at 37 mph, which felt exhilarating.

Halfway through was the summit of the second big climb before 45 miles of gently flat ride back to the Bosque trail before heading back into downtown for the finish line.

Day of the Tread is a great race promotion, plenty of SAG, ride Marshalls, police escorts, and recharge stations with mechanics and great food. I highly recommend this ride to anyone near ABQ.
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What an incredible ride the Tour De Keys was. Starting in Key Largo at 7am, The rain immediately began falling. Torrential downpour for the first 25 miles.

As I left the first SAG stop a break in clouds revealed an welcome crystal blue patch in an ominous sky, that grew closer each mile.

The ride was flat and a nice tailwind eased with us. I crossed the finish line in a new personal best of under 5 hours, absolutely thrilled with the journey. New Mexico is next on 10/28.
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Almost finished a hundred. The organizers had an incredible SAG crew who, after I made a wrong turn and completed 63 miles, finishing the front half and last third of the course. They took me to where I messed up the turn. I pushed hard to finish but time wasn’t on my side. During the drive I lost about an hour and a half. At 2 o’clock the last SAG stop closed. I called a head and let them know which direction I was heading. We met at my 85th mile mark. They fed me, filled my water, and followed me my last bit to finish back to where I began heading to them.

I got in the truck they drove me the last 4 miles or so to where @Barbaramouradian was waiting, I sat in the truck and began telling why I was riding and just began crying. It was overwhelmed, they were an awesome crew.

When I was reunited with @barbaramouradian I asked her step out and meet the team. We all hugged and parted ways.
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$3,450 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 7 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research
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