|Bicycles for Momma Henry's Trek|
“We’re raising money for charity,” David Henry said. “My mother died of lymphoma last November and the ride is inspired by her and in her honor.” David's brother, Jonathan, is part of the group, along with two friends, Carlos and Guadalupe.
“We left San Francisco 44 days ago and have 36 more days until we reach Yorktown, Virginia, our final destination.”
The four students said they’d met other cyclists and many people at their stopping and resting points. Sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, they hope to raise a minimum of $10,000 for cancer research. At this time, they are close to that goal.
Traveling across biking trails and less-traveled highways, they’ve mapped our their route. When they entered Missouri, they planned to cross the state on the Katy Trail, then take Route 66 to Chicago.
“Utah was the hardest,” they all agreed. With deserts and mountains to cross, it taxed their abilities. One said he’d already lost 25 pounds on the trip.
They are living as cheaply as possible, camping out most nights. They frequently eat and connect to the Internet at McDonald’s. They also discussed the many meals of Ramen noodles.
When they head back to college next month, they should all be energized, in top physical condition and feeling the satisfaction of a job well done. To check on their progress and/or to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit www.mommahenrystrek.org.
Other groups of students are making similar cross-country treks to raise money for research. It certainly gave us an appreciation for today’s young people who will be able leaders and responsible citizens in the not-too-distant future.