A message from the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation

Ryan and Dwight hope to raise $10,000 to support the burn camp, which will host 70 children between the ages of 8 and 18. They are determined to reach the West Coast as a personal challenge as well as helping young burn survivors.

Started in 1991, the Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp is located in northern Connecticut on 176 acres. Every summer, burn survivors come to the burn camp, which is a safe and fun environment that helps kids heal emotionally and physically. The Burn Camp is free to the children, who come primarily from the Northeast and some foreign counteries, but any burn survivor child anywhere is welcome. More than 70 adult counselors, primarily active and retired firefighters and burn unit nurses, occupational and physical therapists, child psychologists and even a doctor will serve as mentors for the week.

It's also our goal to promote burn awareness and fire prevention and education, which we do year around. We sponsor a burn survivor, burned in a car accident that involved speeding and drinking alcohol, who speaks to high school students throughout Connecticut. We also support the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital, helping to purchase equipment.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Fremont and The Depot, Thursday 6/26

From Jeff's house in Sandusky, we had a short and wet 30 mile ride to Fremont, OH. A firefighter and bike shop employee, Jeremy, and his wife, Lisa, invited us to dinner with some of their friends at a restaurant/bar called The Depot (a converted train station) and to stay the night at their house. Dwight and I shared a large veggie za and we had couple Great Lakes lagers. We had a great night and got to enjoy the company of some really cool people.

Jeremy heard that we were doing the bike tour from the charity we're riding for, through the Fremont fire department. Since it was right up his alley, he volunteered his house for us to stay at Thursday night (6/26). It was especially encouraging and affective for me to meet someone like him. A great guy with very similar interests as me, who is doing really well for himself and his family.

The night before we left, Jeremy did some work to our bikes and spruced up old Rosey. We had a great time hanging out with Jeremy and Lisa and checking out Fremont Cycle and Fitness Center. Thank-you, guys!

No comments: