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.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Day 41: Pedaling Through the Poconos (Drums, PA to Port Jervis, NY - 90 miles)

With our last 100+ mile day behind us, Pat and I were looking forward to the next 3 easier days. We got off to a later start to enjoy the full breakfast at the Holiday Inn, and then said goodbye to Pat's Aunt Kim. While we were taking pictures in the parking lot, two kind women asked about what we were doing, and then each gave us a donation. Much appreciated. We then set off into the cool, cloudy morning.

The first part of the day was filled with a good amount of climbing as we made our way up to the heart of the Poconos. There was some tree cutting going on, which provided some nice scents to accompany the sights from the road. While these don't compare to the Rockies or Sierras, it was a nice change from the farmlands and plains.

Our day then took us through some fun roads, which threw us into some steep, winding streets through the Pocono foothills. The majority of the riding here was downhill, so the fast turns were a blast.

As we made our way into the afternoon, our route took us through the Delaware Water Gap, which is a beautiful national park site. It was a nice, long stretch of flat miles and made for some easy, scenic riding.

Before we knew it, we only had 10 miles to go, so we stopped for lunch in Milford, PA and squared away our plans for the night. We then crossed over into New York (no state sign, again) and were welcomed by the aggressive, impatient drivers. There were no close encounters, but you could sense their irritation by the last minute swerving and engine gunning. Why can't people drive like Kansas drivers?

Getting close (don't worry, we're not taking 84).

Overall, today was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed the break in mileage. Tomorrow we're heading to Danbury for the night, where we have a Warm Showers host lined up, and then we will be returning to the UConn Health Center on Thursday at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to come meet us at the academic entrance.


  1. Congratulations on the final days of your awesome journey!

  2. Been enjoying the blog guys. Congrats on almost being done! Unfortunately I have to leave the health center early tomorrow to catch a flight so I can't be there to greet you, sorry. Good luck the rest of the way!