Mike on Blades - A Trip Across USA

$19,378 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 278 people in 7 months
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 - mikeonblades.com, 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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Hey y'all, last update! Hope you are all voting your little hearts out today - I sure did.

As most of you all may know, the trip is officially over. I rolled into the Atlantic Ocean back on September 29th. The total mileage came out to 3,571 miles bladed over 126 days.

But more importantly, the final donation to No Kid Hungry has been made. Thanks to a huge $15,000 match from Domino Sugar and C&H Sugar, the final contribution to No Kid Hungry came to $32,582.41! From No Kid Hungry's info, that is over 325,000+ meals that they'll be able to supply to hungry kids - keeping them well-nourished, in-school, and ready to learn!

That number is absolutely MASSIVE! And it's all thanks to all of you. So give yourself a pat on the back! Together, we've hopefully made a significant difference in a lot of kids' lives and their future opportunity.

So thank you! Thanks for your support of both this great cause and my own ridiculous endeavor along the way. It went a long way, and I really appreciate it. With that, it's been a pleasure. Enjoy your Autumn!

Mike (now off-blades)

P.S. I'm now currently working on a book for the journey. So forewarning, I may sneak back in your inbox a year or so from now to attempt to peddle that your way :)
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Hey everyone! Look at that - the $15,000 goal is in the rearview mirror - and all thanks to each and every one of you! I really appreciate the support and know that the organization and kids this will be going to do as well!

To give you an update, I am over 3,000 miles of rollerblading into the trip (and likely an extra 250 hitched) and currently in my hometown of Buffalo. A huge milestone and couldn't do it with out every person's support on the trip so far! I have about 600 or so miles left to Brooklyn, NY.

After hitting the $15k milestone, I've also pushed the ante up to $25k now, although the sky is the limit. In the final stretch, I'll be reaching out to some larger corporate sponsors in addition to selling some t-shirts and such in Buffalo and as the trip finishes. All 100% of proceeds from the $15k mark and beyond will be going to the charity as well. If you know anyone who may like to support this, please feel free to send this their way.

Thanks again for your support, love, and desire to make a difference on what has been an awesome trip!
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