Bicyclists from across the state joined Rodman for Kids for its 29th annual Rodman Ride for Kids this past Saturday. Despite being the second-to last day of summer, Southeastern Massachusetts quickly warmed up in the morning sunshine as cyclists took to the roads.
This year was Jett Foundation’s second year of participation in the nation’s #1 one-day athletic fundraiser in support of at-risk youth. The fourteen Go! for Duchenne team members chose from 25-mile, 50-mile, or virtual rides in support of Jett Foundation’s programs and services for youth impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy and their families.
“Jett Foundation is very near and dear to my heart. I started as a Gal for Cal and have slowly progressed into helping on other fundraisers,” said Erin Hoesly, lead fundraiser and Jett Foundation’s team captain for the ride. “My father's cousin had DMD when I was growing up, so I have been aware of this disease and the toll it takes on the boys and their families for a long time. The Quitzau family and their battle with Duchenne is what got me involved again. Their strength humbles me and motivates me to help raise funds to support all families fighting DMD. I wish there was more I could do. Riding 50 miles is the easy part.”
The Ride serves as a catalyst by providing dozens of organizations with the opportunity to raise vital funds through this event. Rodman for Kids underwrites the entire event, ensuring that every dollar raised for its Affiliated Charities–like Jett Foundation–has the biggest impact possible. The Ride has raised over $143 million since its inception in 1991 by the late Don Rodman.
To date, the Go! for Duchenne Rodman Ride for Kids athletes have raised nearly $26,000 of their $35,000 goal. You can still support the team by visiting their fundraising page here through November 15. Thank you to all who have already supported, with special thanks extending to our team sponsors and major donors: Shea Concrete, Stys Hospitality, Rob Higgins, Ryan’s Hope for a Cure, CM&B, ProBed Medical, and Smith, Sullivan, and Brown, PC.