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 18, 2013

Day 36: Oh hi, O! (Richmond, IN to Reynoldsburg, OH - 113 miles)

Last night's sleep was a whole lot better than our Brazilian camping adventure. We awoke refreshed and ready for another long mileage day, and Kurt was kind enough to make some incredible pancakes. They were hearty and full of flavor, and of course, healthy. Kurt served them up with tahini butter and "yogurt cheese," which was delicious. With our healthiest breakfast on the trip fueling us, we made our way to the Ohio border.

The roads and scenery were very similar to Indiana, making for relatively smooth, easy riding. We went through Columbus on our way to Reynoldsburg, which slowed down our riding quite a bit. 

Luckily, Columbus was our last major city to ride through, so timing the traffic lights will no longer be an issue. While we were following our route to Reynoldsburg from downtown Columbus, a guy on a bike mentioned we were going through one of the worst parts of Columbus. I guess Google Maps doesn't take property values into account when mapping the shortest route. Regardless, we made it out of our last city unscathed and without any hiccups, and we made our way to Reynoldsburg in search of dinner, or even better- a buffet. As we made our way down route 40, the Golden Corral sign lassoed our bikes into the parking lot. The great people at the register were able to give us half off, which continued our good luck streak with buffets. An hour later, the chocolate fountain confirmed that we wouldn't be riding more than 5 miles to our destination for the night. We found a place a couple miles away, and Pat's Aunt Kim donated our hotel room- thanks! Here's some commentary from this morning. Sorry for the bad camera angle- the cornfields were too exciting for me to focus on filming.

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