Today we are blogging about something a little different and something that means a lot to us here at Your Jubilee, an organization we love to support, The Ride for Semper Fi or The Ride 430 Challenge.
The Ride 430 Challenge is a charity bicycle ride powered by The Freewheel Foundation. The Freewheel Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that gives injured members of the military and the families of injured and fallen warriors hope and assistance as they travel the road to recovery. They organize and promote the countries leading fundraising events and make meaningful contributions to provide long term support for veterans and their families. The Freewheel Foundation is dedicated to giving their participants an unparalleled experience, to raise more money per participant then any other organization of it’s kind, and to ensure the money the participants raise goes directly to support military heroes. Whether it is America’s brave military men or women, or their participants, who push through their personal limits for the cause, The Freewheel Foundation honors and supports ordinary people, doing extraordinary things. via
I was introduced to The Ride 430 three years ago after my husband was injured. That year this group traveled 430 miles from Arizona to Camp Pendleton in California to raise funds for various wounded vets, and luckily, one of them was my husband.
We were in California for recovery when one of my husbands Air Force friends called me and told me about the ride and asked me how they could help. Man, that was a deep and hard question to answer, but my mind went straight to something he loved to do, cycling. After talking, I was told that they wanted to donate my husbands first hand cycle and surprise him at his closing ceremonies of their ride. At the ceremony, we were asked to pay it forward and to push hard through recovery. That is something we both committed to, and the following year we participated in The Ride 430 and continue to do so year after year.
It is so amazing to think back to the moment my husband received his first hand cycle. That gesture changed so much for both of us on his road to recovery. It has pushed him to stay active and healthy, something that he has always loved and now can continue to do. It has also allowed us to meet other amazing para-athletes and given us the opportunity to travel around the world and do things we otherwise wouldn’t have.
We pack up and begin the ride up the mountain on Wednesday morning. The amount of will power, strength, support, and sense of family that is witnessed in the next 4 days is so impactful, and the organization still needs your help!
If you can donate anything big or small please click on this link to help raise money in these final hours. Thank you so so much!