Memphis to Michigan for Jana

Going for a ride in Matt's plane!

Going for a ride in Matt's plane!

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Personal Fundraising Goal: $6,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 45
Total Value of Gifts: $2,730.00

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Alex & Jennifer Gasco


stacey wood

Wayne Ostrander

Allegan, Michigan

Dave and Beth

Babe (Harrington) Stowell

Rod & Janet Horricks

Amway Caribbean Operations Team

Jenny Hughes & Mike Hershberger

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Mission Statement

To lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

Jana Wood was an incredible sister, mom, grandmom (Nana-Jana), & friend. Jana is oustandingly loved by all of us as she was exemplary in life & the sole pillar in support of her whole family.
Astonishing stories of all types fondly surround this extraordinary woman. Jana was an amazing story teller and had an almost unmatched ability to the perfect delivery of the absolute most unique jokes. Originality and a sense of humor all her own is how hundreds have come to know and love Jana. However, lately it's become more important for us all to be a bit more serious at times, to come together in the effort to help find a cure for this devastating disease of which Jana was diagnosed.

Starting June 27th 2009, Bob and his wife Stacey Wood rode their bicycles from Memphis to Grand Rapids Michigan celebrating personal mobility and able-bodiedness. In making this trip they hoped to call attention to the disease called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig's disease. The ride was about 765 miles. I took only 11 days to complete. Bob and Stacey arrived at their destination, Trillium Woods Faith Hospice on July 7th, 2009.

In this day and age it is difficult to take on any cause that doesn't directly affect you. Unfortunately, at this very moment hundreds of thousand of people are being affected by ALS. It is said that one person is diagnosed every 90 minutes. For those that may be unfamiliar with this disease, consider losing control and use of your body, slowly and surely, until it takes your life. This will typically take 3-5 years from the time of diagnosis and your mind can only watch. There is no cure.

Please take a minute out of your day to think of those affected by this disease.

The Route

The trip took 11 days with a couple of maintenance issues and on rain day. We averaged 71 miles a day. We initially hoped to have a higher average but that proved to be enough. It ended up being a little shorter than expected at about 765 miles rather than 800. we'll give you specifics of how we went and where we camped in a couple of days.

Contributing to this Fund

Please consider contributing to this fund. This was our first adventure we are looking forward to the next. We plan an even bigger challenge next time!!

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