BENEFITING: PROGRAMS TO EDUCATE ALL CYCLISTS
Next month I will be competing in my first Ironman! The race will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and it consists of swimming 2.4 miles, biking 116 miles, and running a marathon (26.2 miles). I am running my race in support of PEAC--Programs to Educate All Cyclists. PEAC is an advocacy group based in Michigan that promotes safe transportation, including public transportation and bicycling, for people with disabilities. PEAC is a 501(c)3 charity, and more information about them can be found at www.bikeprogram.org.
One of the things that PEAC does is sponsor summer bike camps for students with disabilities. Camps are at various locations in southeastern Michigan as well as in the Lansing area, specifically Okemos, my hometown. It is often difficult for students with disabilities to ride a bike, a basic rite of childhood. This can be yet another thing that limits their ability to participate in social activities with peers and families. My mom has worked with special needs kids in the Lansing School District for 30 years and has had students that have participated in the summer bike camp program. One student, who is autistic, has gained the skill to remain on a tandem bicycle, and he completed a 10 mile ride with his dad in June. Another student who has Down syndrome and autism is now able to balance on a two wheeler and roll and is learning to use the hand brakes. Families are very grateful for the one on one attention given to their students at bike camp, and for the opportunity for their children to continue progressing by attending camp year after year. For some people with disabilities, who may never get a driver's license, learning to ride a bicycle can lead to independent transportation in their future.
I'm hoping you will support me as I strive to complete my Ironman by donating to PEAC, specifically PEAC Lansing summer bike program. All donations are tax deductible. I will be donating a dollar for every mile that I will complete during the race. While competing, when things get tough (as I’m sure they will), I hope to find motivation by thinking of all of the people who are unable to swim, bike, or run, and to keep putting one foot in front of the other in honor of them.