Since 2010, I have had the privilege of being a member of the Texas Irish cycling team, a group of men and women in Dallas-Ft. Worth with a passion for cycling and a commitment to charity. During that time, I have raised more than $25,000 for charity, and our team has raised more than $600,000 to support national and local causes that focus on curing diseases, victims of domestic violence, children in need, and members of our country's armed forces.
A few years ago, our team decided to form our the Texas Irish Foundation in order to make a meaningul difference in our community through cycling, to identify and fulfill specific areas of need for charities we support and to encourage even greater charitable and community service by our members. 100% of the funds raised by for our foundation goes to charity. Just a few of the notable donations made by the foundation through the efforts of our members:
- Funding a pre-school at Genesis Women's Shelter;
- Funding three treatment rooms at Children's Medical Center;
- Donating bicycles to children in Costa Rica and Peru;
- Creating a recumbent bicycle award program for persons diagnosed with Freedreich's Ataxia; and
- Funding transportation for veterans to the Center for Brainhealth for treatment.
In addition, our members have served significant roles in, volunteered for, or raised significant sums of money in support of, numerous charities, including the MS Society, American Diabetes Association, St. Baldrich's Foundation, Heart House of Dallas, Genesis Women's Shelter and Genesis HeRO's and the Chron's & Colitis Foundation, among others.
This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of our team, and we will once again be riding our 175k for $175k, a 175k (approximately 108 miles) ride from Oklahoma to Dallas with a goal to raise $175,000 or more for our foundation. Please join me supporting this great cause and the work we do in the Metroplex.
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