First JettRide Jr. A Sizzling Success

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The heat could not stop the riders of the first ever JettRide, Jr. this past Saturday in Windham, NH. Despite the scorching temperatures, 15 kids biked the long and 1-mile route to cross the finish line, demonstrating their strength and resiliency, to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

The race was organized by Liam Mullaly and his family to honor their beloved Connor who is impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Liam and his fellow riders raised over $2,000! Best of all, Connor crossed the finish line in his electric bicycle surrounded by his siblings. 

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A huge shout out to AJ Leitizio Sales and Marketing for providing drinks and snacks along the route. This fueled our riders and offered them some much needed relief from the heat!

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All racers were treated to breakfast from MaryAnn’s Diner before the race began and celebrated crossing the finish line at the Lobster Tail. Good food and good times were had by all. 

We cannot thank the Mullaly family and the Windham community for all the planning and support that went into this fun and successful event!

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JettRide Day 12: 80 Miles to York Springs

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Today, the JettRiders cycled for 80 miles to reach Landon West’s family in York Springs, PA. Two flat tires delayed their arrival until 7:00pm, but the West’s still had a great welcome crew to greet the riders as they came in.

They relaxed and enjoyed pulled pork mac and cheese, and shared ride stories with Landon’s parents as his mom did some laundry for them. It was a great night!

Team Jett Tuesday: Caitlin Hughes

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This Tuesday, we’d like you to meet one of our newest teammates, Caitlin Hughes, our passionate and committed Development Coordinator!  In her role, Caitlin loves “how she gets to tangibly help families all around the country.” 

Prior to joining the team at Jett Foundation, Caitlin received her B.A. in Developmental Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and an L.L.M. in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway. 

When Caitlin is not working, she loves taking advantage of the spoils of living in a beach town, attending comedy shows, and cheering on all of the Boston sports teams. 

Welcome, Caitlin!


JettRide Day 10: 39 Miles to Cumberland, MD

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The JettRiders were treated to a yummy breakfast thanks to the Kelly Family in Pennsylvania before departing on their 60 mile journey to the next stop. Thank you to the Kelly Family for your hospitality and generosity to our riders!

Today’s ride was a fast 39 miles and the JettRiders arrived in Cumberland, MD at 1:00pm. The ride was through a beautiful stretch of the Great Allegheny Passage. The 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage traces America's westward expansion through a chain of cyclist-friendly trail towns. The JettRiders rode through a couple of tunnels and had sweeping views of their surroundings along the trail.

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At the end of the day, the JettRiders went out to celebrate National Ice Cream Day at a nearby Dairy Queen. Another customer picked up their bill, and, turns out, he’s was a member of the church that hosted us for the evening!

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JettRide Day 8: 60 Miles in Pennsylvania

The JettRiders started Day 8 off well with eggs and toast prepared by leader and support driver duo Anne and Gary. Today was Anne and Gary’s last day on tour with the JettRiders; they have been an incredible support team and will be missed!

The riders cycled in the Great Allegheny Passage trail all day; pictured below are the riders biking over Hot Metal Bridge just outside of Pittsburg.

They arrived to their host church in the afternoon… air conditioning and showers were sweet relief after such a hot day on the trail!

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JettRide Day 7: Beaver Falls to Pittsburg

To kick off Day 7, the JettRiders’ host, Deacon Jonathan, took them on a nice ride highlighted by a cool trail to view an eagle’s nest.

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After a detour, around a closed bridge, the riders met up with four families impacted by Duchenne at Heinz Field for a tour of the Steeler’s stadium and their guide showed them the locker room . It was fun for all… despite most of these New England-based riders being fans for another famous football team.

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After their tour, they parted ways with the families and finished their cycling to their host church in downtown Pittsburg. The “church ladies” prepared a yummy dinner of chicken cordon bleu, cheesy potatoes, and vegetables. They dined in a beautiful room under a Tiffany stained glass window.

It was a full, fun day!

JettRide Day 6: Crossing State Lines

Saying goodbye to the Rudd Family in Ohio. Thank you for your hospitality!

Saying goodbye to the Rudd Family in Ohio. Thank you for your hospitality!

Today, the JettRiders started the day with a delicious breakfast spread thanks to Cade and his family. Pancakes, eggs, and sausage… yum! They managed to stay dry for part of the day, but encountered showers along their miles of cycling to cross state lines to Pennsylvania. Despite the rain, the JettRiders were excited to make it to their second of five states this JettRide.

Once they made it to their quarters for the evening, a church in Beaver Falls, PA, they were welcomes with warm, homemade ham and cheese sliders with coleslaw, watermelon, and homemade blueberry pie. Thank you Deacon Jonathan for preparing such a feast after our long, wet day on the road!

Entering PA!

Entering PA!

Dinner prepared by Deacon Jonathan.

Dinner prepared by Deacon Jonathan.