On July 12th, nine courageous teens will embark on Jett Foundation’s 11th annual JettRide, a cycling tour for siblings, family and friends to fight back against Duchenne muscular dystrophy, while also raising funds and awareness for the disease. This year’s route will take riders through Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey in just 15 days, while traveling over 700 miles.
Riders will take off from the starting line in Sandusky, OH. They will then travel through the Ohioan towns of Massillon and Minerva before crossing into Pennsylvania, stopping first in Beaver Falls, PA. For the next nine days, the teens will travel across the state, lodging in Ellsworth, Connellsville, Garrett, Hancock, Gettysburg, Lebanon and Philadelphia. The riders will briefly ride through Cumberland, MD on day nine of the journey. Finally, our JettRiders will cross the finish line on July 26th at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, NJ. At each of these locations, riders will also be meeting and visiting over 20 families impacted by Duchenne. Each visit brings newfound hope and inspiration to families, as well as the riders.
At each of the thirteen pit stops along the way, riders will participate in various activities and field trips. This year’s activities include a trip to the NFL Hall of Fame, white water rafting and a run up the Rocky Steps in Philadelphia.
Annually, family and friends of boys impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy utilize their physical strength to bring attention to Duchenne and raise money to support Jett Foundation initiatives. Every rider has his/her own special motivation for participating in this event.
Nick Valudes, Evan Hoover and Luke and Lance Hains are pedaling to honor their friend and brother, Levi, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy 12 years ago. Through the ride, Nick and Evan’s goal is to shed light on Duchenne, raise funds that allow Jett Foundation to empower children and families impacted by the disorder and show Levi how much he is loved. Luke and Lance are motivated by the bright smile and positive attitude of their brother.
During his freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh, Landon West met a friend who rode in JettRide 2018 to honor his brother. This year, Landon is riding, combining his love of exercise and helping others.
Brian Edwards is cycling in his second JettRide to honor his brother, Tanner. He is riding again this year to help not only Tanner, but also other kids and families impacted by Duchenne, through raising funds for programs and services.
Ellie Carroll was introduced to Jett Foundation when she was five years old by her mother who works as our Development Officer. After years of cheering riders on at the finish line, Ellie is looking forward to crossing that finish line herself at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. She is driven by Jett and all the other boys she’s been lucky enough to meet over the years.
For Trey Bauer, he is motivated by the idea of one day finding a cure for Duchenne. During this year’s ride, he wants to start a larger conversation about Duchenne and honor his cousin, Calvin Quitzau.
Four year veteran of JettRide, Ashley Kelliher, rounds out this year’s team. She will again ride for her friend Cal, who has taught Ashley to never quit and to persevere even through hard times.
Besides the inspiration the riders get from those impacted by Duchenne, they are always pushed by cheering from the crowds along the route. So, if you are in the area of this year’s stops, become one of the many families to join us along the route! JettRiders would love to meet you!
We will be holding a celebratory parade at the finish line for the riders on July 26th at 3:00 PM. Family and friends are asked to meet at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, with banners, signs and balloons in toe! Awards and more celebration to follow! Please email Danielle Edwards at email@example.com to join the JettRide Finish Line Party or if you have any questions.
To read more about each of these amazing riders and to donate to JettRide 2019, please visit https://www.firstgiving.com/event/11421/Jett-Ride-2019/participants. To learn more about JettRide, please visit https://www.jettfoundation.org/jettride.