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.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Day 19: Preparing for the Rockies (Blanding, UT to Dolores, CO - 83 miles)

I set my alarm for 3:30 this morning so Pat and I could get going to avoid the heat once again. Plus, riding into the sunrise yesterday was pretty sweet. At 3:30, the lack of sleep from yesterday combined with the comfy motel bed forced me to break my no-snooze rule. 68 minutes later, my body decided it was time to consider getting up. We were still on the road for 5:30, so we were able to ride into the beautiful Colorado sunrise.

The ride into Dolores was a lot of fun- rolling hills, no net elevation gain on the day, and the temperature was very reasonable (mid 80s). We made it into Dolores a little after noon and hit up the grocery store to make our own lunches. Turkey, avocado, and frito sandwiches were our delicacy of choice. I don't know who named this town Dolores ("pains" in Spanish), but it's a really cool town. We're sitting in a coffee shop now, hanging out with the MIT cyclists for a bit. Our Warm Showers host for tonight has a dog grooming studio in her basement, which is awesome because Pat and I are missing our dogs (hi, Bailey and Lucy!) Tomorrow we're planning for another early start to head over Lizard Head Pass and cruise into Telluride for our first full off day. We're both feeling good, but we've gotten rave reviews about Telluride so we think it's worth it to spend some time there. Pat and I are going to cook dinner tonight for ourselves (with real kitchen appliances). Wish us luck.