In 2011, when Kevin Mincio told me of his plan to ride a bicycle across the United States in honor of SSG Jesse Williams, it inspired me to join him and commit to the 4,200-mile ride. We would leave from Jesse’s resting place in Santa Rosa, CA on what would have been his 30th birthday; 95 days later, we would arrive at Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of September 11th terrorist attacks. For Kevin, it was a return to the place where so many things changed for him. For me, it was a life-changing opportunity for sacrifice, for action and for building community.
Another opportunity came in 2015, when we once again jumped on our bikes and pedaled from Reno, NV and headed up and over the Sierra Nevada Mountains on a rigorous three-day ride. We called it ‘Ride to Remember’, as each day’s focus was in honor of a specific Soldier or Marine that had lost their lives in the post-9/11 era. Also, we honored the Gold Star families who had sacrificed by losing loved ones. We finished on the afternoon of June 9th, once again visiting Jesse’s resting place, where we were greeted by surviving members of his family. It was very powerful and emotional, and humbling to say the least.
Here I am in 2018, ready to jump on the bike for the third time! This year’s Ride will start from Philadelphia, on September 9th and end at The Pentagon in Washington, DC on September 11th. Once again, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to honor and support the families of fallen soldiers.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our cause! The team goal is for each of us to raise $2,000, but I want to eclipse that number, or at least beat Kevin!
I’m personally very familiar with both benefitting organizations; they’re run with excellence, integrity and passion. They’re also highly impactful. Here’s a bit about each of them:
The mission of The Team Jesse Foundation is to provide education and support for families of fallen soldiers, primarily by raising money through awareness and events. All funds raised go directly to families of fallen soldiers, to nonprofit groups suggested by families and to camps offering outdoor experiences and support services for children of military personnel. For more information, visit www.teamjesse.org.
The mission of The Moyer Foundation is to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction. Our innovative resources and programs address the critical needs of children experiencing powerful, overwhelming and often confusing emotions associated with the death of someone close to them or substance abuse in their family. No child should have to face these struggles alone, and our unique programs bring kids together to ease their pain and provide the tools to help restore hope. For more information, visit moyerfoundation.org