Friday, October 17, 2014

#RiverRide100 – Raising awareness for arthritis one mile at a time.

Recently I had a story brought to my attention. A story of a group of friends biking 100 miles to raise awareness for a disease very near to my heart…Arthritis.

On Saturday, October 18, five friends will be riding a more than 100-mile stretch of the Great Allegheny Passage from Rockwood, Pa., to the Point in downtown Pittsburgh in one day to raise awareness and money for the Arthritis Foundation.

Last year, a similar group of bike riders traveled from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. over five days and raised more than $6,000 in just two weeks. 

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This year, the ride is being sponsored by Krakoff Communications, Inc. and Steelcoast creative, whose founders Jeff Krakoff and Scott Bowlin respectively, are participating in the ride.

Krakoff, 50, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis two decades ago, and fellow rider Pete Chiste, 56, has osteoarthritis in his knee. Both agree that bike riding has really been a boost both physically and also emotionally. The other three riders are also very active people who have their share of injuries, aches and pains, and are candidates for arthritis.

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This year’s team includes Jeff Krakoff and Vic Walczak, Upper St. Clair; Scott Bowlin, Mt. Lebanon; Pete Chiste, Peters Township; and Craig Hoffman, Bethel Park. To read more about RiverRide 100 and follow this years journey be sure to like their Facebook page and check out their website, riverride100.com.

It warms my heart to see a group of people getting together on their own to raise awareness for arthritis. Being a parent to a child who suffers from Juvenile Arthritis this gives me hope. Not only hope that the funds they raise will help lead to better treatments and possibly a cure but also hope that some day our Monkey will lead others to raise awareness as well.

If you would like to help support this wonderful group of friends you can donate here. I know you may not know these friends personally but know they they are doing this for others suffering from arthritis and the children like our Monkey who will life with JA for the rest of his life. Thank you Jeff, Vic, Scott, Pete and Craig for riding for my Monkey and all the others who suffer from this disease.