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Mike on Blades - A Trip Across USA

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9/4 Update: Over 3,000 Miles in and currently in Buffalo, NY. 600ish miles to go.

And even more, we've hit our $15,000 goal! From here, all 100% of proceeds will be going to No Kid Hungry. New goal is $25,000, but sky is the limit. Thanks for your support everyone!

Hi, my name is Mike and I am rollerblading across the country! I'll be starting on May 28th out of San Francisco, and as I introduced in the video, will be raising money for No Kid Hungry  along the way!
The Fundraiser

Admittedly, the main motivation of this trip is the adventure. I love to rollerblade and rollerblading across the country has become a dream of mine. However, with this adventure in mind, it is also a tremendous opportunity to raise money for a great cause. 

Like I said in the video above, I’ve decided to dedicate this mission to fundraising money for No Kid Hungry, a national initiative run by Share our Strength. Their main goal is to end childhood hunger across the country by making sure all kids get nutritious food.  However, one of their biggest initiatives that spoke to me is the School Breakfast Program, which focuses on providing breakfast to kids in school after the first bell. It's huge in helping learning rates. 

The fact that I even have the opportunity to rollerblade across the country is a culmination of all of the privilege and fortune I’ve been gifted in my life. Not all kids are as lucky, though. So, when I started looking for a charity to dedicate this trip to, I wanted to find one that focuses on giving give kids who may not have been born into as fortunate circumstances a better chance at success. I also wanted to find one that helped on a national scale to reflect my trip across the country. 

No Kid Hungry does both of those! Through this fundraiser:

90% of your money will go towards the No Kid Hungry organization. For every $1 we can donate to the cause, No Kid Hungry can offer as many as 10 meals to children. 

10% of of your money will go directly towards operating expenses for my trip. This includes food on the road, beverages, sunscreen, rollerblading gear, rollerblading tolls, any maintenance expenses, and some lodging expenses every now and then. If through this fundraiser the 10% I receive is way more money than I will need to assist my expenses, I will donate the excess back into the No Kid Hungry donation!

*FYI 2.9% + $.30 taken out from total fundraised due to fees from GoFundMe

How you can help

Donate -  Simple as that. Any amount helps to this great cause! (Although if your super cool uncle has that spare million dollars hanging around, don’t be afraid to shoot him a text). Your contribution towards my trip will be greatly appreciated, too. 
On the Route - As I travel, I will be looking for some places to crash along the way. If you live in an area I will be passing through or have friends/family that live there, I would sincerely appreciate any helping hand you can lend. Check out my route, here (and image below)!

Share - Please share this journey with anyone who you may think would be interested in following along! Sharing with your friends and family helps in two ways: 

     1.) Increase exposure for the campaign, which means more money for kids!
     2.) Connect me to new friends who may be able to help on the road - I'll be looking for some backyards to sleep in!
I will document my journey, including the people I meet and help me out along the way, as much as I can. Here are all the best ways you can follow my trip:

1.) My website -, where I'll host my progress and blog updates
2.) My Instagram account (@mikeonblades)

If you'd like, I'd love to hear from you too through my email. Don't hesitate to drop me a line! 

Thank you for reading through my whole spiel and appreciate any support you can lend!

He’s really gonna do it - don’t miss a beat!  - Abe Lincoln, 16th President (no need to fact check this, he said it)


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