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.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Day 23: Tepeeing (Montrose, CO to Sargents, CO - 98 miles)

We left the farm at 6am and began our long trip to Sargent.  For some reason my body didn't wake up even after downing a large coffee.  After about an hour of struggling to keep 10 miles an hour, I felt like if I stopped for a break I would fall asleep on the side of the road.  Unfortunately, I am not a morning person like Dan.  I considered taking a nap on the side of the road, but decided to keep going.  After a few hours I started feeling better.  Today was an overcast day, so it didn't get too hot.  We passed some nice lakes on the way.  I took this picture as I was riding.

We finally got to Sargents after a long day and are staying at the one place in town.   This place is literally the only restaurant, gas station, and convenience store in miles.  Our options were to pay $160 for a cabin or $20 for a tepee. Easy choice. 

The tepee is spacious but does not keep the bugs out. We decided to set our little tent up in the tepee. It should be a fun night. 

The MIT riders are coming here tonight and we will part ways because they are heading north to teach outside of Denver.  We have been riding with them for almost a week.  It will be sad to separate. I think I am going to make a trip up to Boston and sit in on one of their entrepreneur clubs though. 

Tomorrow we plan to head to Pueblo, which is 128 miles away.  We will start the morning heading straight up to Monarchs pass which will be over 3000 feet of climbing. I hope we make it! Our back up plan is to stop in Cañon City.  

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