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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

For those awaiting word

We reached Santa Barbara in the final hour of Sunday, August 24, our 77th day out by my count.  Thanks to Brendon, Larla and Stanislava in Culver City and Alec in Santa Barbara for giving us places to rest our heads during the last two-day stretch.  More details, soon.


Claudia said...

Hi Ryan & Dwight-

So are you ready to head back home on your bikes? If so, let me know so I can get my husband out there to accompany you at least as far as Kansas.

Best wishes to both of you. You guys are really something else. Won't ever forget you, and following your blog has really been fun. Thanks for all the adventures you shared with all of us.

Claudia/Atchison, KS

Ryan said...

Hahaha. I'm gonna hang up the bike for a bit...well, at least not ride it back to CT, but I don't know about Dwight...

Thank you for opening yourself up to be part of our adventure, we won't forget you, either.

Albert said...

I'm proud of both of you for what you accomplished with grace, honor and goodwill. Good show. Your blog has been a fascinating inspiration. Thank you for including all of us in your journey. May your future journeys be equally rewarding.

Unknown said...

Ryan and Dwight,

This was a wonderful summer read. Congratulations to you, both for setting a goal and seeing it through -- and NEVER losing faith. Thank you for sharing your journey and revealing to all of us what inspired Irving Berlin to write "God Bless America". Enjoy your much deserved 7th Inning Stretch! Stay safe ..