Charity Ride for the Rescue

$1,875 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 17 months
My name is Bill Streit and I’ve been a practicing veterinarian for 30 years in a small town in southern West Virginia.  I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle around town a year ago when a woman ran a stop sign and hit me.  I rolled up onto her vehicle’s hood and back down, landing in front of her front tires.  In the weeks that followed, I questioned whether I would be able to continue my work helping animals.  The struggle is the same for Southern WV Animal League, the local non-profit animal rescue I help - wondering whether they will financially be able to continue their work helping animals. 

Let me explain . . . Southern West Virginia IS the “coalfields” area of the state that you see in the media.  In a region where spay/neuter laws are nonexistent (no matter how hard we try!) unemployment is high and incomes are low; pet overpopulation, disease, abuse, and homelessness have made euthanizing animals an unfortunate way of life here. The successes are many and exhilarating, but you remember the hopeless things more during the long hours. 

Southern WV Animal League is a 501c3 non-profit animal rescue organization that provides life-saving veterinary treatment, foster care, relocation, food, shelter and HOPE to animals in one of the poorest areas of the country.  They labor to alleviate the pain, suffering and loneliness of animals who never asked to live in an area where a forever home is often just a dream they will never realize. If you believe that every animal deserves a loving, secure home, then please help by supporting my charity ride for the rescue.

Now, on the anniversary of my accident and closing in on my 60th birthday, I’m attempting to ride my bike 470 miles across the state of North Carolina to raise funds for Southern WV Animal League, an all-volunteer organization.  On October 2nd I'll peddle out of Banner Elk, NC and finish at Atlantic Beach, NC on October 8th.  I’m asking for your support as I ride to conquer my fear and help the Southern WV Animal League conquer their fear.

I hope I can do it and I hope you’ll help!
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Thanks to everyone who donated and/or shared Dr. Streit's Ride for the Rescue campaign. It raised a total of $1,875.00 to help the Southern WV Animal League and rescued animals in our area.
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Dr. Streit is famous!!! He was interviewed by the local paper in Clinton, North Carolina for his ride across North Carolina. Check out the story: http://clintonnc.com/n…/13752/cycle-nc-tour-comes-to-clinton.
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Whew, Dr. Streit made it through the weather and to the finish line in Jacksonville, NC. As you may know, Hurricane Matthew forced them to change the finish line from Atlantic Beach, NC to Jacksonville, NC and even that was in question due to the weather. Yesterday started out with rain and debris already on the roads, so the ride was going to be called off for the safety of the riders. As you can imagine, this really bummed him out and he was as grey as the clouds in the sky. The sun peeked out from behind the clouds and the officials informed riders that if they wanted to peddle, let’s go and see what happens. So what does Dr. Streit do? He gets on his bike and rides off into the unknown. Well a few hours, okay many hours, later he arrived in Jacksonville, NC safe and sound. Right after he finished though is when the weather took a turn, but he was able to finish. Way to peddle fast Dr. Streit! We have some video we will be posting soon and hopefully the newspaper story will run from where he was interviewed. Let us continue to spread the word far and wide, to groups, businesses, organizations that we are all a part of and see if we can still try and reach the fundraising goal that Dr. Streit set for Southern WV Animal League!
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Ride Update! Dr. Streit is doing great out there peddling across NC to raise money and awareness for Southern WV Animal League! Yesterday he traveled from Burlington to Sanford and had a great time enjoying the scenery and being outdoors. Today was a day of uncertainty on the road. The riders didn't know when they headed out this morning if this was going to be the last day or not due to Hurricane Matthew. The riders will now be finishing tomorrow at Jacksonville instead of Atlantic Beach due to the storm.
Dr. Streit is so thankful for the support that he and SWVAL have received and he hopes that it doesn't end when he puts his bike on the back of the truck and heads home. There are so many animals that need saving in southern WV, that we need your support year around in getting the mission accomplished. Stay tuned for tomorrows update to see how Dr. Streit finished out the ride.
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Ray Grayson
17 months ago
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I can't help with funds but I can help spread the word.

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Ginger Younce
17 months ago
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Sugar brings such joy to our little family, we are so blessed to have her, and that she fit right in with us. A super thank you to Breanna for sending me pics of Sugar, for SWVAL, and for Dr. Streit, and staff at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic--- And Sugar says to say thank you from her too---ruff

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$1,875 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 17 months
Created September 22, 2016
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Dreama Legato
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Pamela Sexton
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RC
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Rhonda Clark
16 months ago

Good Luck Doc !!

DH
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Deb Halsey-Hunter
16 months ago

All the best on the Coast Ride--you can do it!! Yogi & Cooper send their best too! Deb HH

RK
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Rebecca Kidwell
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Elizabeth Turner
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Tom, Belinda & Ben Simmons
16 months ago

Bike, Forest, Bike!

Ray Grayson
17 months ago
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I can't help with funds but I can help spread the word.

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Ginger Younce
17 months ago
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Sugar brings such joy to our little family, we are so blessed to have her, and that she fit right in with us. A super thank you to Breanna for sending me pics of Sugar, for SWVAL, and for Dr. Streit, and staff at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic--- And Sugar says to say thank you from her too---ruff

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