About Lea's Foundation

In 1998, Lea Michele Economos, a young woman who died of leukemia at the age of 28, made a dying wish to her parents that others would not face the hardships she encountered by finding a cure for this disease. Her family started this charity to carry on that wish. Today, Lea’s Foundation takes an active role in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma and to better the lives of people living with these diseases. At the UCONN Health Center, the Lea’s Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders sponsors research in this field. A new program covers the cost of bone-marrow testing to help recruit life-saving transplants for patients. Also, annual scholarships are given to children with leukemia who are planning to attend nursery school. For more information on other projects carried out by Lea’s Foundation, please visit their website at www.LeasFoundation.org.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Day 8: Dollar Bills (Middlegate, NV to Austin, NV - 64 miles)

We went back into the Middlegate watering hole for some breakfast, which was especially filling...not necessarily a good thing for a day of cycling. After eating, we made our contribution to the restaurant ceiling, which was filled with dollar bills from travelers passing through the town.

A few people who live in Middlegate talked to us about the town and the restaurant, which was a really cool place. If you're ever traveling through Nevada on route 50, be sure to check it out. We then packed up our stuff and said our goodbyes to the other coast to coast riders at the campsite. Props to the two kids in the front for spending 6 weeks of their summer riding in the support van. Best of luck the riders if you're reading this!

The road to Austin was a lot tougher than we had anticipated. We're not sure if it was the hills or the monotony of the landscape (or my breakfast), but it was mentally and physically draining. 

Making the trip from Fallon to Austin would have been a real killer workout, so we're glad we made the long day yesterday instead of today. We made it into Austin around 4:00, got some food, and crashed in a cheap motel room. There's not a whole lot else to write about- never ending roads and mountains made up our views for the day. Tomorrow we're heading to Eureka, which is supposedly The Friendliest Town on the Loneliest Road. We'll let you know.

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