4,087 Miles for Childhood Health
I’m Jess and I live in Portland, Oregon. When I was 15, I was fortunate enough to take a bicycle trip with other teenagers and a couple of counselors through Europe for a month. I came back with the dream of someday bicycling across the country.
Twenty-three summers later on June 8, 2013, I began my journey to fulfill that dream.
When I was eight years old, my family moved 1.5 miles from a utopian, kid-filled neighborhood to a kid-free, contemporary-home street in the woods. I had freedom when I was on my bicycle. My only option to see my friends was to get on my bike, bike the very fast, steep mile and a half down multiple hills and back into the neighborhood we moved from. These are my first memories of when my bike actually meant something to me. Cycling gave me my independence.
After 23 years, I finally decided to take three months and complete this life dream. It has taken six months of preparation which has included taking a 40-hour bicycle maintenance course, getting a bicycle professionally fitted, training, researching gear, building an identity/logo/website for my ride, moving out of my apartment, letting clients know I may be working… but also on the road, and fundraising. Yes, not only is my goal to bicycle 4,087 miles, but I also hope to raise $25,000 to support childhood health.
I decided to join Team Healthier Generation for a variety of reasons. As a national school health consultant, inspired by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s work to make schools healthier places for students and staff, I want to bring awareness that healthy kids truly do learn better. My business, Cairn Guidance has a mission to: Create places of health and well-being where kids can win through education. The Alliance is one of the organizations working nationally to combat childhood obesity that I want to continue to support!
My fundraising efforts have included:
- Developing an identity/logo and name for my trip (branding)
- Ordering postcards, bike trailer banners (for both flag and trailer), stickers
- Sending every person who donates a thank you letter with a handwritten note, postcard and stickers
- Posting on Facebook and Twitter
- Developing a website – www.roadtorhode.com and writing a blog as I prepare and train
- Uploading training rides on website
- And, of course, pedaling my bike more than 4,000 miles.
So far, I have raised 77% of my $25,000 goal. And that’s great, but I need your help to get to the $25,000 mark. I have four more days. Will you help me reach my goal?