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.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Day 30: "Leaving Kansas, Please Come Again"... NOPE (Osage City, KS to Harrisonville, MO - 85 miles)

Most of the pictures we post are of us smiling.  But the truth is, a lot of time on this trip is spent not smiling. We entered Missouri today! Yay!

My actually feelings today are shown in this picture: 

Here is a close up on my face. That is the best smile I could give at the moment. 

The riding today was very difficult and I wasn't in the best mood. 

With a wind in our face all day, the maximum speed we could reach going downhill was 15 mph. Hills are fair. It may be difficult going up, but then the hard work pays off going down. A 10 mph wind coming from the east is not fair. The faster you go, the more the force of the wind pushes you back. The hills were rolling all day. Literally. We went up and then down, over and over again. This was what it looked like all day. Dan said we we probably went up and over 30 of these. I think it was more like 50.

I tried thinking optimistically and positively, like Father Anthony talked to us about, but it didn't last too long. We stopped for lunch at a McDonalds and Dan and I were both frustrated with the riding. The crappy food made us feel a little better, and we got the energy to ride into Harrisonville.  

Price Chopper had an awesome salad bar buffet for 6.99. It was no ordinary salad bar. It had chicken, meats, all kinds of pasta salads, desserts, fruit, and all the vegetables. The free sample lady next to it was shocked at how much food we ate. Here was my first plate. 

We got another motel room donated, and it felt great getting into the air conditioned room. Harrisonville is by far the largest town we have been to since Colorado. There is a Walmart across the street from the motel so we grabbed some supplies there. 

We are both really hoping the wind dies down. If anybody wants to check in on us to see how we're doing but can't reach us, just check the wind speed and direction for the city we're in and that will tell you. It seems like our mood and overall wellness directly correlates with that.

1 comment:

  1. If you can make it through Kansas and Missouri, you can do anything! Hang in there.