Homeless Vet rides for Awareness

$1,360 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 16 months
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Kelly Coughlin
for Snoqualmie Valley Ministerial Association
 NORTH BEND, WA
David Sorrentino has a unique and heroic life story.  

After serving in the US Navy from 1980-1986, David re-enlisted in the US Army after watching the horrific attacks on 9/11.  During that tour of duty, he sustained a life altering injury to his spine that required reconstructive surgery.

David worked hard to not let his debilitating injury take his life away.  He purchased a bike within that first year of recovery and was determined to keep moving…

Recovery wasn’t the only life hurdle David would encounter.  Finding a job in his line of work would be another.  His disability rating kept him from it.  As the increase of living expenses shot up and very little funds came from the VA, he found himself homeless.  David resorted to sleeping on the streets and getting by the best he could.  

While patiently waiting for our VA system to give him 100% disability (it has been a year now with no movement!),  David met a group of men in the Snoqualmie Valley Velo-Club that saw his amazing will to succeed. They quickly decided to mentor him through his rough times and help him find a way off the streets.   Through this partnership, David learned about North America’s toughest bike race the Tour Divide.  The Snoqualmie Valley Velo Club has been helping David prepare to bike the 2,745-mile journey along the Continental Divide. The journey starts Banff AB, Canada and leads down to the final destination of Antelope Wells, New Mexico. David expects it will take him 25 days to complete.

David’s primary purpose of competing in this race is to bring awareness to our homeless Vets.  The crisis many of them face with red tape and our Country’s inability to process things in a timely manner is unjust.  Secondly, he would like to inspire other Veteran’s.  Don’t give up hope and don’t and let your body deteriorate! He is living proof that you can work through the pain without drugs.

In this race, every biker is responsible for everything they need.  David would like to ask for your support by helping with expenses for the race itself,  raise funds for Congregations for the Homeless, Snoqualmie Valley’s Shelters (grateful for the time he spent being housed by this organization’s loving and caring staff) and third raise funds for the Mt. Si Food Bank (for helping him with food and support).

We set this page up to not only for funding but to send a message of hope, kindness and love to our veterans of the United States of America! 
Every dollar you donate is tax deductible and will be used to help David with his race, including travel expenses and to his causes listed above.
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David is well into the race! As of today he has gone through 620 miles. As David says it, "Hooyah!" You can track David on his journey: http://trackleaders.com/tourdivide17i.php?name=David_Sorrentino
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David Sorrentino - Homeless U S Veteran
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David was featured on KING 5 last night! Homeless, disabled veteran trains for 2,700 mile bike ride

http://www.king5.com/news/local/homeless-disabled-veteran-rides-bicycle-to-raise-awareness/431496266

(Via KING 5)
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$1,360 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 16 months
Created April 14, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Snoqualmie Valley Ministerial Association
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North Bend, WA
EIN: 943073249
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JP
$50
Julie Postle
14 months ago

Safe travels!

JF
$100
Joan Fisher
15 months ago
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Pedal, Pedal, Pedal... what a great man!! Good Luck on your adventure

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