North Salem, NY, June 25, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- On September 26, riders will mount their bikes and pedal off for a weekend in the late-summer beauty of Connecticut and Massachusetts. But they’re not just sightseeing. Each rider’s inspiration is a very sick child. This is the 10th Annual “Journey of the Heart,” a three-day 150-mile bike tour that covers quiet roads and rustic byways. It’s organized by Friends of Karen, a charity that provides vital, practical and comprehensive support – at no cost -- to families in the New York Tri-State region caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness.
“September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but cancer has no calendar,” says Judith Factor, Executive Director of Friends of Karen. “We help relieve our families’ everyday needs and concerns throughout their frightening ordeal. No family should have to face cancer alone.”
Each Journey of the Heart rider commits to collecting $2,500 in sponsorship donations, and rides in honor of a Friends of Karen child. The child’s battle with their illness can motivate a rider to keep going when the going gets tough. As Vinnie Liscio of the Somers Lions Club puts it, “I was tired, I was hurting, but as I went up that hill, I spoke through my heart to the Friends of Karen child I was riding for, and said, ‘This is for you, Hanna, and for all the kids.’ Then I felt as though I had rockets on my feet.”
The goal is to raise $150,000. All expenses are underwritten, so every dollar raised goes directly to help Friends of Karen children and their families. The Bicycle Tour Company is mapping the route, managing logistics and helping ensure the safety of all riders.
This year’s event has a few places left. For information, contact Gwen Salmo at (914) 617-4051 or GwenSalmo@friendsofkaren.org. To find out more about what Friends of Karen does, visit www.FriendsOfKaren.org
Friends of Karen provides the support families need to stay stable, functioning and able to cope throughout the course of their child’s illness. Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates the financial responsibility and efficiency of thousands of U.S. charities, gives Friends of Karen a 4-star rating – their highest award. Starting with one child, Karen, in 1978, Friends of Karen has touched the lives of more than 13,000 children in the Tri-State region.