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Monday, June 15, 2009

Gabriel rides across America




Gabriel rides across America.......yes I said rides not drives..........amazing to think about. It is pretty hard to drive across America.

Why don't they ever choose small goals???:)


In about two weeks Gabriel will leave Virginia Beach, Va and begin a cross country bike trip to raise funds for MS. The ride is 3204.3 miles! He will be going an average of 75 miles per day, at a speed of about 10 miles an hour. His goal is to raise $10,000! He has been training for this for months. I'm amazed and proud of him for attempting such a huge thing. I'm still a little worried about this even though it is a wonderful thing to do. I really believe he will make it to his goal. I guess it is a mommy thing to have a little bit of worry. Someone has to do the job I guess:) I will be praying too! He will be keeping a text journal of his trip on gabrielredding.com so some of you may want to follow him on there. I'm sure I will! He does have a pilot car along with him on this trip so I will be checking in with them during the next month as he bikes across America.

Thanks to all of you who have made donations already. If you would like to make a donation you click on the link below and follow that.

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/ThirdPartyevent/WVTGeneralEvents?px=5435763&pg=personal&fr_id=12243


When Gabriel was out here for Walk 4 Water we drove by and took a picture of the little house where he was born. It is near the airport. The other picture is of Gabriel getting ready for his bike trip.

I'm sure there will be more to say later!


Below is a little note Gabriel sent and I wanted to include in this post.

So why am I doing this?
Aside from the sheer thrill of the adventure, and the risk of the unknown, just to be able to do something like this when you know that there are 400,000 Americans who suffer from a debilitating disease that can prevent them from even walking. This ones for them!

Thanks so much!

-Gabriel

1 comment:

Ethel said...

I saw what MS can do to people when Bill was in Cleveland Clinic Rehab. His last roommate was a man in his forties with little to look forward to physically. His sister had given up trying to take care of him, but the Rehab staff believed that their training could enable him to do enough for himself that he could return to his sister's care. It was a sad case. He needed hope that life had more to offer him than what he had so far experienced.
Gabriel, I pray God's presence to be with you in this tremendous endeavor, and I pray that your efforts will bring us closer to having the tools and knowledge needed to bring a little hope into victims of MS. Mawmaw