My Lupus Campaign - Cycling TransAm

$1,400 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 13 months
Keith & Aubrey need help with the cost of this race!
Keith is racing the Trans-America Bike Race this summer. Please help us defray the costs of this endeavor. We need to support ourselves while we raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America through their Make Your Mark Project . Your donations through this GoFundMe will go towards food, a warm hotel room, gear and travel expenses.

The Trans Am Bike Race is a 4,300 mile solo, unsupported race across the United States, spanning 10 states. On June 2nd, Keith will be taking his place on the start line in Astoria, Oregon - trekking through the Rockies, across the plains, up and over the Appalachians and finishing in Yorktown, Virginia.

This race has a bigger meaning then just riding a bike.
We needed to do something big in memory of Aubrey's brother, Vincent Toensing. Vince was diagnosed with lupus at 17. He was an amazing friend, son, brother, father, and husband. Memorial Day, 2016 he was unexpectedly taken from us. 
How You Can Help
You may not know me, Aubrey or Vince; but if you or a loved one has been affected by lupus (even if you weren't), please show your support for our project! This is a way to fight lupus, honor Vince, and work through the grieiving process the only way I know how; riding a bike.

This is us trying to do something, us not giving up!
We are working diligently so Keith is able to participate in the Trans Am Bike Race in memory of Vincent Toensing, in support of Lupus research, and to raise money for the Lupus Foundation .  
Thank you very much; we are grateful for your donation!
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Training is going great and I'm thankful that spring is in our doorstep. Just 3 months away from the start of the Trans America Bike Race! Yikes. It feels as if we just started our efforts and now there is less time to the start of the race than the time from when I started training. Working doubles at the hospital, training, and keeping some sense of family life is difficult but that's the choice my family and I took in order to race. We are still short of what it costs to race and still need your help. If this could be shared to everyone you know and we could get 200 people to donate just $20 we would be at goal and we would have the money required to set off for half a summer racing a bike across country in honor of Vince Toensing. Please help us make this happen! These donations go toward hotel beds, food, airfare, bike shipping and cycling gear that will see a years worth of use in 3-4 weeks! Please share and donate. Thank you!!
Winter indoor rides at 4am!!
Cold, sunny and brilliantly beautiful!!
The reason - www.cyclingtoendlupus.com
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The Trans America Bike Race is a true test of determination, resourcefulness, and mental fortitude. Racers usually complete the race in 18-30 days and must find food, water, and shelter as they go - without the help of friends or family. This race is considered unsupported and anything that isn’t commercially available to all participants is strictly prohibited. Each day can be unpredictable and present its own challenges; from McKenzie Pass, to 75mph winds in Kansas and pitbulls in Kentucky!
Since this is essentially a time trial; the first person to arrive at the finish - wins. This means that many racers typically ride 16-20 hours daily keeping sleep to the hallucinating bare minimum and consuming more ice cream, granola and Subway sandwiches than one would freely admit to (riding 200+ miles/day requires ~10,000 calories a day)! Accommodations consist of a bivy bag on the ground in a secluded spot behind a church, in a park, & on a picnic table or two. Hotels are nice, but it is prohibitively more expensive to stay in them more than a few times during the course of the race.
This GoFundMe page is to help defray the costs so I can participate in the race and raise money for Lupus research. If you would like to help me achieve this larger than life goal, I would be genuinely grateful - it could mean an extra night in a hotel and a shower!

Thanks for taking the time to check out my GoFundMe page!

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