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Wheels for Words

$4,125 of $3,569 goal

Raised by 59 people in 5 months
Created May 25, 2018
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The story I wrote for the Orlando Sentinel about Jeremy White, then 24, learning to read and write never left me. He went from nothing to writing engaging stories.  After the article,  Kissimmee fourth graders in Frances Araujo's class mailed him fan letters of motivation. 

I recently left the Sentinel after a long career  and can now try to help Jeremy's tutors at the Adult Literacy League by raising funds using my July 7-Aug. 8 bike ride across the United States . My friends dubbed it the Wheels for Words campaign. My hope is to strengthen the league endowment for continued success as needs grow.

My challenge to you: Spend two waking hours without reading texts, emails, tv headlines, social media -- anything. You may get an inkling of why these adults make sacrifices to learn what we take for granted.

For every word you read during your challenge, donate at least a dollar to this campaign for the Adult Literacy League -- the rare  group that enables students to fill out job applications, file for insurance, order food, navigate streets. 

You are not supporting my trip -- I paid for that. Your donations will go directly to the Adult Literacy League, which is supporting this Wheels for Words campaign.

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Since I wrote the piece on Jeremy five years ago, he has since gotten a job and taken on some supervisory duties. Even on his beginning wages, he recently wrote an unsolicited check to the League for $40.

Then he crossed that out and wrote "$50."
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Footnote - After riding every surface imaginable, all types of traffic conditions, occasional interstate medians on the recent transcontinental ride, I was on my beater bike Friday with my husband and hit a pole laying on my neighborhood sidewalk. It catapulted me off and I broke my wrist.
I’ll be off the bike a few months, which is probably a good thing as I walk and swim for a change.

My husband was right saying most all accident occur near home. My mom was right about always wearing clean undergarments in case you end up in the ER. And my son was correct in saying people who sit on the couch never get hurt.
Thanks again for all the support as I also get ready to join the board of the Adult Literacy League. Very excited about knew opportunities for adults learning to read!
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Today we roll just 50 miles to the Atlantic and end of our 32-day journey crossing the continent. We passed hundreds of small towns, farms and small businesses that make up our country. Most had prospered but some have become derelict as families and fortunes evolve.

Your support for the Adult Literacy League gives more families and individuals the chance to be the ones who prosper.

The trip has been arduous and stunning. And I hope it gave some momentum to our precious gift of reading.
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We surpassed $3,561 goal as cross-country trip heads into Wisconsin with 12 days left. Thanks for the support and motivation!
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Conquered the Big Horns, which some say is one of the toughest climbs in the US. Thanks again for all your support.
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$4,125 of $3,569 goal

Raised by 59 people in 5 months
Created May 25, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Adult Literacy League
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Orlando, FL
EIN: 237076600
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