Tomorrow, I will once again be pushing my legs to participate in the NJ Gran Fondo. This time I will be cycling for a new personal record (in terms of both length and elevation climbs). Joining me this year are teammates Kate and, subbing in for Jessie, cycling-superstar Nina. Together, we plan to cumulatively ride 150+ miles and conquer 12,000+ feet of elevation gain. Our team will once again be putting its legs to good use by fundraising - this time for the Puppies Behind Bars organization.
Puppies Behind Bars is an organization near and dear to our hearts. The organization trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Puppies enter prison at the age of eight weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. We've witnessed, first-hand, amazingly inspirational stories during our time with this organization (and gone through a few tissues along the way). What they do is truly moving. We are also, of course, directly reminded every day of the impact these dogs can have on people, as our friend Edgar was raised by Puppies Behind Bars.
Any amount donated is greatly appreciated. All the money we raise will go directly to Puppies Behind Bars. Regardless of whether you donate, we thank you for taking the time to read this and learn a little about what we’re doing!!