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, July 4, 2013

Day 22: Freedom Riders (Mountain Village, CO to Montrose, CO - 68 miles)

The Kramers made up a delicious breakfast for us and the other team this morning before we headed out to Telluride for the parade. They even gave us custom Big Elk Lodge water bottles (the name of their home). It's been a real treat staying with them and we couldn't thank them enough for all they did for us. We hope to come back to Telluride in the winter to do some skiing. Here's a view of the mountains from their house (apparently it's the same mountain as on the Coors Light logo).

The parade was awesome. We got into the lineup with the MIT riders and rode in circles to keep moving throughout the downtown stretch. The picture doesn't show us, but it shows the fun atmosphere of the town.

After the parade, we took one last gondola ride back to Mountain Village to load our bags on our bikes, said goodbye to the Kramers, and set off to Montrose. The only climb of the day was nice and short, up to Dallas Divide.

From their we coasted into Montrose. We went into Target and got some food for dinner and tomorrow's road food. Our hosts for the night are from Warm Showers, and they have a really great farm. John even let us help milk and feed his goats.

We're hoping to see some fireworks from the backyard tonight, but it'll be an early night for an early start tomorrow. Happy birthday, 'Murica.

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