Help TJ Battle Killer Disease

$580 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 6 months
TJ Forrester  HOPEWELL, VA
My brothers, David and Eddie, never had a chance. I watched them go from ambulatory, to crawling, to the wheelchair before they turned 16.  Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an insidious disease, robbed them of movement a little at a time. They were doomed from birth.

I've spent most of my adult life embroiled in anger over this unfairness, unable to move through the grief stages, and I think this happened because I removed myself emotionally as my brothers moved inexorably closer to the ends of their lives. It simply hurt too much to deal with the reality of losing that which I loved so deeply. I chose detachment, and I've paid for that choice in more ways than I care to recount.

I can't get those lost years back, and I'll for sure never have my brothers back, but I want to do something about this damned disease while I'm still able. That's why I'm on a 15,000 mile, 2 year bicycle ride to raise awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. MDA is a fantastic charity that funds Muscular Dystrophy studies, and I'm proud to say that my bike ride has raised funds for their cause.

I'm 5,500 miles into this journey criss-crossing the Lower 48, a journey I've titled Ride between the Stars, and I've met and talked to hundreds of people about MDA. Only six months into my ride, I've battled mosquitoe hordes, vicious dogs, 105 degree heat, hills so steep I almost went over backward, an attempted robbery, and much more.

Here's where you come into the picture.

I need your help to continue this ride. I'm frugal, very frugal, sleeping in a tent instead of motels, cooking on a camp stove instead of eating in restaurants, and I will not squander your money if you donate to this campaign. All donations go directly to helping me complete this dream, and in turn, I will continue to raise awareness and funds for MDA.

Please donate if you can; five dollars, a dollar, even the smallest amount will be deeply appreciated. Thank you for reading this far and considering this campaign. Together we can help rid the earth of this terrible disease. 

I'm blogging about this journey on Ride between the Stars, so please stop in and see how thing are going.
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Update 4
Posted by TJ Forrester
5 months ago
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My campaign has reached 1/5 of its goal. Thanks so much!
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Update 3
Posted by TJ Forrester
6 months ago
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I'm alive and still cycling along the beautiful California coastline. Thanks so much to my friends who were concerned about my lack of online presence for the last ten days or so. I was incognito, deep in the underbelly of the Humboldt County cannabis world, had a very interesting experience living with the trimmigrants.
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Update 2
Posted by TJ Forrester
6 months ago
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Thanks so much to my donors. With your help I'm able to continue this quest to support MDA. I'm on the road again!
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Update 1
Posted by TJ Forrester
6 months ago
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I'm so happy to announce that my campaign has received its first donation! I am humbled and honored, and I will do my best to see that it's put to good use. If you haven't donated, please consider doing so. Together we can help rid the earth of this terrible disease.
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$580 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 6 months
Created September 29, 2016
SG
$35
Sammy Grisham
24 days ago
SH
$20
Sue Haigh
1 month ago

Keep going T J!

$100
Leah Arslanian
1 month ago
FF
$100
Fran Friel
3 months ago

Godspeed, TJ!

$100
Anonymous
4 months ago
SP
$25
Susan Passerotti
4 months ago
$20
Anonymous
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
$20
Maryanne Stahl
5 months ago

Admire you, TJ.

CT
$20
Craig Terlson
5 months ago

You inspire me TJ. Keep rolling.

AG
$50
Alicia Gifford
5 months ago

Happy trails!

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