I started this a little bit ago...and it disappeared, so here I go again. I just have to "brag" on a volunteer endeavor I was involved in the past 2 days. No....I'm not bragging on MY volunteer work, but on the Ulman 4K Cancer cyclists.
Below are their 2 vans, with more pictures to follow later.
My church has been involved with this group for at least 11 or 12 years; however, it started out as Hopkins 4K for Cancer in 2001. We don't have record of when we started hosting the group. Since 2001 cyclists from Johns Hopkins University started cycling across the nation to combine their love of cycling and their desire to raise funds for, and awareness of, cancer.
The Hopkins program became so popular it eventually merged with Ulman Cancer Fund in 2011 and additional destinations were included for rides from Baltimore, MD to Seattle, WA, Portland, OR and San Fancisco, CA. Our host group has always been the Portland, OR team.
When they arrive at our church we provide them transportation to showers at one of the schools, a hearty evening meal, and sleeping arrangements in our various annex and church rooms. We then feed them a full breakfast to send them off on the next leg of their journey.
We absolutely love this time with them. We usually host between 24-30 cyclists and their van drivers. Here are a few additional pics:
Lining up for the evening meal:
Getting bikes ready in the early a.m. for the next part of the trip:
They all form a circle and each dedicates their ride to a person or persons.
Their final "so long" to us, and they're off:
If you happen to see this group along the way from east coast to west coast, give them a "high five". If you have an interest in reading more or in helping in some way, log onto www.4KforCancer.org (I don't know how to do links, so you'll have to type it in your browser).
Thanks for letting me brag about this amazing group.
Hugs everyone - Gwen