The American Red Cross is there in times of emergency: hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, house fires - ARC is there to provide support and services to help victims "bridge the gap" between the disaster and the return of normal conditions. ARC is obligated to provide these services under federal law, but receives no federal funding with which to provide services. As such, ARC relies exclusively on donations from individuals and corporate donors to fund its operations. This will be my FIFTH Tour du Rouge, riding my bicycle from Houston to New Orleans. I ride to call attention to the great work of the American Red Cross and to help to generate monies for ARC to deliver support and services to those in need.