JettRide is a cross country cycle tour for teens to spread awareness, unite families, and inspire siblings to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Most of the JettRiders consist of siblings that have a brother affected by Duchenne. Duchenne is devastating. Boys with Duchenne lose their muscle function and their independence while their parents and siblings lose any sense of a normal life. Siblings often live with guilt and frustration - they feel guilty that they have functioning muscles, able to play sports, get summer jobs, date, drive, and go to college. They feel frustrated that they can't do more to help their brothers afflicted with Duchenne.
JettRide gives siblings the opportunity to use their physical and emotional strength to help their brothers with Duchenne. By riding across the United States, JettRiders are able to raise awareness and funds for Duchenne while having the summer of a lifetime. And, the best part about the ride is that the riders visit over twenty families affected by Duchenne and bring them the gift of hope.
The 2019 JettRide will be July 12-26, 2019 and make the following stops:
Point Pleasant, NJ
North Royalton, OH
Beaver Falls, PA
This year’s JettRiders
Ashley Kelliher (18)
Mansfield, MA, fourth year rider
Brian Edwards (18)
Toms River, NJ, second year rider
Evan Hoover (17)
Myerstown, PA, first year rider
Trey Bauer (17)
Garden City, NY, first year rider
Luke (19) and Lance (17) Hains
Lebanon, PA, second year riders
Landon West (19)
York Springs, PA, first year rider
Nick Valudes (16)
Lititz, PA, first year rider
Ellie Carroll (15)
Scituate, MA, first year rider
You can follow JettRide 2019 adventures on our blog here!
Photos from JettRide 2018
The History of JettRide
In 2007, Christine McSherry, founder of the Jett Foundation started JettRide, a cross country cycle tour for teens to spread awareness, unite families and inspire others to fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy. JettRiders consist of teenage siblings, relatives and friends of individual living with Duchenne.
Christine puts it this way: “most of us parents have found support through our peers, whether it’s through Facebook, email or phone. Our children who are not affected by Duchenne don’t have the same support, and the JettRide gives them the opportunity to connect with other teens who are living through the same experiences and build lifelong friendships.”