JettRide 2018: How 11 Teenagers Raised $56,000 on their Bikes

The 2018 JettRide came to a finish this past Sunday and was another major success.

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For the 10th year, teenagers from all over the country rode their bikes for 18 days, through seven states, raising awareness and money for Jett Foundation and Duchenne muscular dystrophy along the way.

This year, JettRiders started in Alexandria, Virginia, and cycled their way through Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and ended their journey in Plymouth, Massachusetts. A grand total of 690 miles biked in just 18 days.

Throughout their journey, the JettRiders met families affected by Duchenne and heard their stories, which only motivated them to wake up and keep riding the next morning. Altogether, the riders met nine families impacted by Duchenne, spent time with them, and even swam in their pools and celebrated a high school graduation.

This year, several new riders participated in the ride as well as many veterans, such as third-year rider, Ashley Kelliher. Brothers Luke and Lance Hains were featured in their hometown newspaper, the Lebanon Daily News, for their efforts to raise money for their third brother, Levi.

“The JettRiders get their inspiration from their brothers, friends, and cousins who have Duchenne and lack the muscle strength to ride a bike,” said Jett Foundation Founder and President Christine McSherry. “Jett Foundation provides the opportunity, but it is the riders who make the impact by challenging themselves and challenging Duchenne.”

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At the finish line, JettRiders were greeted by Christine, Senator Viriato Manuel Pereira de Macedo, Plymouth Selectman John Mahoney, State Representative Josh S. Cutler of Duxbury and Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald, Jr. who arrived in a vintage police car to celebrate the riders.

Together with our major sponsors Perky Jerky, Cure Dale’s Duchenne and Shea Concrete Products, these inspiring teens raised $56,000 and were greeted with as much excitement as they had themselves at the finish line.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, including Auburn Construction, John Owen’s Adventure, Inc., Cycle Lodge, Ryan’s Hope Foundation, Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, Plymouth Police Department and Tiny & Sons Auto Glass, the riders’ friends and family and the rest of the Duchenne community who came to finish line to help us welcome the riders.