Why Danny Rides

April 23rd, 2009 Comments off
Congratulations Danny & Drew! You made it all the way.

Did you ever have a dream to do something wild and crazy for a great and important cause? Did you do

it? Danny lived his dream of riding from the Pacific to the Atlantic to spread the word about cancer prevention and research. He still needs our help! We can still help Danny’s dream come true. Here’s how you can help…

  1. Click here to become a fan on Danny’s Facebook Page.
  2. Invite your close friends on facebook to become fans.
  3. Become One of the 1000 by donating $30.00. (Donate button on the right).
  4. Invite 10 of your friends to become one of 1000 by inviting them to donate $30.00.

God bless each one as we play our part in helping Danny raise funds to fight cancer!

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Beginning on Sunday, April 2, Danny Leonard, along with two other riders, will begin a cross-country bicycle ride from Santa Monica, California to Charleston, South Carolina. The purpose of the ride is two-fold: 1) to promote an awareness of the need for early cancer screening, detection, and treatment; and, 2) to sell people on the benefits of timely diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

It is from his experience of being diagnosed and to honor the memory of his brother-in-law, Phillip Stockdale, who died from prostate cancer in 1997, that Danny is setting out on this mission.

Danny moved to Charleston, SC at the age of 5. He has taught music in public, private and college levels in Charleston and in the Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas areas for nearly forty years. During most of those years, he taught in Charleston with his father, Patrick J. Leonard, and then owned and operated Leonard’s School of Music in Charleston and Charleston Music Center. In the mid 1980′s, Danny moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he was CEO and Artistic Director of The Leonard Music Institute of Texas, Inc. He taught in Texas for 14 years before returning to Charleston.

“Danny’s Ride”, as the trip is being called, will consist of the cyclists riding every morning and speaking at prearranged engagement sites in the afternoons or evenings. The trip is expected to take 57 days. The riders are scheduled to arrive in Charleston, SC on Saturday, May 27. From there, the riders will be joined by other bikers and supporters to continue the ride, which is to end at Folly Beach.

Danny’s Ride

What would you do if you were told you had cancer?

Danny Leonard is in great shape for a man who has gone through the rigorous treatment for cancer, not just once, but twice. Of course he needs to be in great shape. He’s preparing to set off on a journey which will take him nearly 3,000 miles on a bicycle. Danny is no stranger to physical fitness and endurance. He was a record breaking athlete in high school and in the Marine Corps, he set an all-time record for physical fitness and strength training while at Parris Island.

He returned to college and in the ensuing period was injured playing intramural football. He returned to Charleston for treatment and spent several days in the hospital. At this point he was unable to return to college. His father, who was supervisor of music for Charleston County Schools, was in the hospital at the same time and needed a teacher. Having completed his music courses, Danny quickly filled the need. For the next twenty three years he taught in Charleston’s public and private schools as well as at the Baptist College and Leonard’s School of Music. In 1978, while teaching his band, he challenged the kids to set some personal goals. One student turned the tables on him by asking what his goals were. Danny says that he had always wanted to write a book, so he promised to write a book and ride his bike 165 miles in one day. The following September he rode 191.4 miles in a single day and wrote 3 books during that school year. Soon afterward he began traveling around the southeast doing clinics on the books he had written.

In the early 80′s his travels took him to North Texas State University, the top jazz school in the country. He went to listen to his son, Danny Leonard, Jr., audition for the top band. While giving some clinics in the area he met Dr. Roger Warner, chairperson of the Department of Music at North Texas State University. Dr. Warner had Danny clinic the Senior Grad students. He told Danny that books like his were needed in Texas. Some months later, Danny moved to Texas. Soon his books were in use by most school systems. By then, Danny was giving clinics all around the area. During the next eight years he and Dr. Warner started band programs in 38 parochial and private schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Danny then taught at Nolan High School for two years. Following that, he and a group of parents organized the Leonard Music Institute of Texas, Inc. By the time he left Texas there were over 1000 students in the band programs. Once back in Charleston, he started to get back into his old routine of exercise and running. One day he got a shocking telephone call. His brother-in-law, Phillip Stockdale, had developed prostate cancer. Phil had taught at Leonard’s School of Music in Charleston for 10 years, where he was a beloved music teacher. Then he and Danny’s sister, Patsy, moved to North Carolina where he continued teaching. Danny says Phil was always doing things for people, but you’d never know it. He preferred to keep a low profile. “He was a great musician and just a fantastic human being,” says Leonard.

By the time the cancer was discovered it had metastasized throughout his body. He was told his disease had progressed beyond treatment. He was given only a few months to live. He went to Houston, TX for another opinion, but to no avail. The only thing they could do for him at this point was to provide morphine to ease his pain. Danny made a resolution to do something to honor this heroic man. Phil died in September of 1997. It was at this time that Danny first began planning his cross-country bicycle ride to raise awareness of the need for early cancer screening and detection. He felt that if Phil’s cancer had been detected earlier a great life would not have been lost. Little did he suspect that fate would put his plans on hold. Danny resumed his workout routine. He lifted weights, ran, and rode his bicycle. Meanwhile, he contacted the American Cancer Society. They provided brochures to hand out on his trip and shirts to wear. Still, he continued to feel exhausted each night. Figuring it was because he had let himself get out of shape, he continued his efforts. During these preparations he was scheduled to teach at Lake Texoma band camp in Oklahoma with a large group of students from Leonard’s Music Institute of Texas, Inc. After preparing for the trip, he awoke at 5:00am the next morning to realize that his neck was very enlarged. He was shocked and headed for the emergency room immediately.

After a series of tests they discovered cancer in his stomach, intestines, neck, lungs, and chest. He was directed to Dr. George Geils, Sr. at Charleston Hematologyy, where it was determined he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Danny was advised to begin chemotherapy immediately. He started right away with chemotherapy, and within 7 weeks, to the amazement of the doctors, he was clear of the cancer. Danny continued with the treatments for the full 3 month schedule. With a clean bill of health and a mission in mind Danny once again began training for his ride. Everything was great. In May of 1998 he married Lynda Glover, a former sweetheart and Charleston native. By August, Danny was in the best shape of his life. He peddled from Franklin, NC to Highland, NC, climbing to an elevation of 3000 feet. Mechanical problems with his bike called a halt to this trip, but it was a powerful demonstration of what he could hope to achieve. On the 31st, while staying at his mother-in-law’s house, to his surprise, Danny felt two nodules on the side of his neck. He suspected then that the cancer had returned.

This time he was aided by the son of the doctor who had helped him in his earlier bout with cancer. Dr. George Geils, Jr., Medical Director of the Roper Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, started Danny on a low-dose chemotherapy treatment, which would possibly give him a 10 percent chance of survival. He followed that treatment with seven days of high-dose chemo, 10 times the usual dose, and added a newer fifth drug to the standard four. This treatment had a good chance of being effective, but ravaged Danny’s bone marrow and immune system. Last March he underwent a stem cell transplant, an unusual procedure in which his own bone marrow was removed before the chemotherapy and then returned to him afterward.

He continued his training even while undergoing these procedures. At times he peddled an exercise bike while being treated. At other times he composed music on a computer. He was determined to not let this disease get him down. Following the stem cell transplant, Danny was administered a high protein drug called Rituxan, a strong chemical treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Many people were keeping Danny in their thoughts and prayers. Today he is in complete remission. He says, “I feel I am alive today because of Dr. George F. Geils, Sr., Dr. George F. Geils, Jr., and the hundreds of people who prayed for me.” He also feels strongly that the booklet, “God’s Creative Power for Healing,” by Charles Capps, gave him the faith to know he would be healed.

Danny is quick to point out that he credits the Lord for his well-being. “The Lord provided the support of friends, family, my loving wife, and a highly skilled medical team to get me where I am today,” he says. He is convinced that his ride to alert people to the need for early detection of cancer through screenings is just one more part of God’s plan for his life. The nearly 3000 mile cross-country trek is designed to alert people to the need for early cancer screening. Danny will be accompanied by two other riders, Charles Fox (owner of Fox Music) and Roman Hammes. The ride will begin in Santa Monica, CA, on April 2nd, and end in Charleston, SC, on May 27, 2000. A support team, Floyd Johnston and Sean Leonard (Danny’s son), will manage the equipment, communications, and speaking engagements.

Charleston area CBS affiliate, WCSC, is the primary sponsor of Danny’s ride. They have provided a Website along with an address and phone number for contributors. Care Alliance Health Services not only contributed to Danny’s recovery, they have been extremely helpful in the plans for the ride. The American Cancer Society has also provided much needed support.

Danny says, “I want to do something to honor Phil Stockdale, while, hopefully, enlightening people along the way about the need for cancer screenings and early detection. If I help just one person the ride will have been worth it.” Leonard’s School of Music

For nearly forty years Leonard’s School of Music was a landmark in Charleston. Many talented musicians passed through their doors, and many are professionals, well respected in their fields today.

Recently, I spoke with two time Grammy award winner, Bob Belden, about his experience with Leonard’s School of Music. He was a saxophone student with the school in 1972 and 1973 and toured Europe with the School band. “Danny had a different approach from what the traditional music programs had in high schools because he didn’t have the school’s restrictions. He taught the way he felt. His methods were a lot about discipline and the love of music.” Bob continued his studies at North Texas State University where he graduated with a degree in composition in 1978. He performed in and wrote for the One O’Clock Jazz Band, the top college jazz band in the country. (North Texas State University is the only school in the country to win a grammy.) Last year, he received two Grammys, one for his production of the best historical album, “The complete Miles Davis/Gil Evans Columbia Recordings” and another award for his liner notes for the same album. Mr. Belden currently records for Blue Note records. He is currently working on a film called “The Riff” which is scheduled to debut at a film festival later this Spring. He is also in the studio with his next CD entitled “Black Dahlia,” due out next Fall.

For many years the chief competitor of Leonard’s was Fox Music. Both companies sold instruments and both had bands. Many people played in both the Leonard’s youth Band and the Fox Trident Honors Band. In a display of irony, Danny Leonard today considers Charles Fox one of the best friends he’s ever had. The two will be peddling nearly 3000 miles together.

Other former students of Danny’s are also doing well. Tommy Gill, well known to many for his role in the former Serenade and Charleston Live shows as well as Spoleto and numerous other venues, is also a professor at the College of Charleston. Andrea Dupree has toured the country as a jazz singer, returning to Charleston to perform at Piccolo Spoleto as well as several recurring gigs.

So many people speak highly of Danny and Leonard’s School of Music. My wife, Caroline, another former student says, “I learned more about not just music, but life as well from Leonard’s School than I did in all the previous twelve years of school.”

Daniel Leonard, son of Patrick and Coralie B. Leonard was born Waynesville, NC, but his family moved to Charleston in 1945 when he was 5. That same year his father, Pat, founded Leonard’s School of Music in downtown Charleston on Meeting St. The school moved to James Island in later years. Danny began playing drums at age 7. He started with the clarinet and tuba in the 9th grade and then added the oboe and saxophone. During his years at James Island High School he started playing in dance offshore merchant account bands around town.

The Finish!

June 13th, 2009 Comments off

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********If you have pictures from today, please email the to Drew@nulldannysride.org.  Thank You!

Today was an absolute perfect day.  After heavy storms last night, we woke to calm weather with plenty of sun.  My parents flight was delayed several times before being cancelled around midnight.  I was awakened to a knocking on my door at 5:30, more tired than I was.  I gladly gave up my bed and went to the lobby to wait for the others to wake up for breakfast.

Once everyone met in the lobby, we drove to Waffle House for our last breakfast of together.  We shared several laughs and the mood was understandably upbeat.  We were excited!  When we returned to the hotel around 7:45, we found several bikers already there and ready to go.  Around 8:15, we hit the road.  With the police escort, we made great time.  A small tailwind didn’t hurt either!  It seemed like every mile I looked at my watch to see where we were at and every time I was amazed to find we were one mile closer to the finish.

Mom, Drew, DadWe arrived at Folly Beach around 9:30.  We waited and talked with friends, family and bikers for the 10:00 hour.  When it arrived, we eagerly walked our bikes down the ocean and dipped our tires.  With Ken in the middle, we held our hands and bikes in the air.  I wish I could put into words the feeling that we had but there is no way to put it into words.

Afterward, we walked back to the pier and each gave a speech.  It was a truly unique and special opportunity.  It was fun to laugh and tell some of the hundreds of stories that happened over the course of crossing the country twice.

It was fun to meet and be with the the friends and family that we had missed for two months.  Thank you to all of those who came out to support us today at Folly Beach and those who have supported us both on Danny’s Wall and financially.  This trip would not have been the same Dipping Tireswithout you.

I will try to post tomorrow the poem that Danny read during his speech.  It is a great poem and worth reading.

Danny – it has been a true honor to bike across country with you.  You are an inspiration to everyone you have met, myself included.  You gave me an opportunity of a lifetime – to spread the awareness of early cancer detection and raise funds to fight the leading killer in the United States.  Watching you cross country while overcoming all of the obstacles you did, I will remember and cherish my entire life.  Thank you for all the lessons you taught me.  I will certainly use them as I move Dipping tiresforward in my journey.

Ken – I have never known anyone with better sense of humor than you.  You had the most difficult job of anyone the entire trip and you did it all without a single complaint.  I learned many lessons from you – including the heimlich.  I can’t wait to follow you as you create and begin crossing off items on your bucket list.  I can’t imagine driving across country in a motor home was on there but at this point, you might as well put it on and just cross it off as soon as you finish writing it.  That is an incredible accomplishment!Danny Speaking

Butch – I have had a great time impersonating you as I crossed country.  I apologize for any damage I may have caused to your reputation across this great country.  Just Kidding.  I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed getting updates regarding your wife’s condition.  She will continue to be in our prayers.

To view the day’s pictures, click here!

Saturday Details – Ending At PIER On Folly Beach

June 12th, 2009 2 comments

We will start at 8:15 a.m. with a police escort from our hotel – Lands Inn on Savannah Highway. We will be at Folly Beach around 10:00 a.m. and will finish at The PIER. The newspaper was incorrect in its information.

The Ending Place Tomorrow

Will Be The Folly Beach Pier Around 10:00 A.M.

See everyone tomorrow!!!

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Walterboro – Charleston, SC: 44.61 Miles

June 12th, 2009 Comments off

1,000 People
$30 Donation
$30,000 Closer To A Cure

Danny’s Ride has set a goal of raising $30,000 for cancer research by June 6th,2009. This is a big goal but we have a big challenge

– finding a cure for cancer.

Sponsors names will be presented on a certificate with the check for the total amount of money raised.

Please be one of 1,000 people who have had enough with the hurt and destruction cancer has caused. Thank you.

FACT: Cancer is now the leading cause of death in the United States.

Miles: 44.61 Total
Biking Time: 3 Hours, 01 Minutes, 48 Seconds

Total Trip Miles to Date: 2,519.17

Estimated Miles To Folly Beach: 16!!!!
Days Until Saturday’s Finish: 1

Flat Tires: 23
Drew: 18

Danny: 5

Biking To CharlestonWe were joined today by Charleston bikers Charles Fox and Susan Kerns. It was great to have new cyclists join us for the ride. Charles Fox just completed his second cross-country journey and was a member of the first Danny’s Ride. It was fun to hear about his experiences while biking across country. As we have learned, many, many stories can come out of one of these trips.

We were again blessed with terrific weather. The sun was shinning and the humdity was high but we had a slight tail wind that pushed us along throughout the ride. We biked on scenic roads with tree cover and spanish moss to busy highways with no shoulder and cars flying passed us at 50 mph.

sceneryAt one point, we were riding on Highway 17 with cars passing us and we had to swerve to avoid a dead baby alligator by the side of the road. It was startling to be so close to an alligator – alive or not and was one of the few things I had not yet seen on the side of the road during the trip. When we finished, we celebrated. Hugs, smiles and laughs were the medium of celebration.

To me, it still didn’t (and doesn’t) feel real. It hasn’t hit me that we have biked all the way across country and are back in Charleston. It just feels like to me that we have been on a long trip and are back home.

Thanks to Danny’s family, we had a terrific cookout this evening to celebrate the return to the Holy City. We ate venison meat, burgers and shrimp. Again, stories were told and laughs were common. It was a relaxing evening that was well earned and deserved after the past two months. Drew Biking

Tomorrow, we are meeting at 6:30 to go to Waffle House for breakfast. We will come back to the hotel afterwards, begin preparations for the last day and be on the road with a police escort around 8:15. We expect to be at the Folly Beach Pier at 10:00 or a little after. We look forward to seeing everyone (including the Atlantic Ocean) tomorrow!

Sycamore – Walterboro, SC: 36.63 Miles

June 11th, 2009 Comments off

1,000 People
$30 Donation
$30,000 Closer To A Cure

Danny’s Ride has set a goal of raising $30,000 for cancer research by June 6th,2009. This is a big goal but we have a big challenge

– finding a cure for cancer.

Sponsors names will be presented on a certificate with the check for the total amount of money raised.

Please be one of 1,000 people who have had enough with the hurt and destruction cancer has caused. Thank you.

FACT: Cancer is now the leading cause of death in the United States.

Miles: 36.63 Total
Biking Time: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes, 56 Seconds

Total Trip Miles to Date: 2,474.56

Estimated Miles To Folly Beach: 60!!!!
Days Until Saturday’s Finish: 2

Flat Tires: 23
Drew: 18

Danny: 5

South Carolina

Today was another unbelievably scenic ride. As you can see by the pictures, not even the extreme heat could keep us from enjoying South Carolina’s beauty. One picture from today (click for today’s photos) is of a thermometer. It was taken at 10:10 in the morning and it was already 95 degrees. Oh, did I mention, the thermometer sat comfortably in the shade?

Less than a half mile into the ride, Danny had a flat tire. We pulled off onto the grass shoulder and quickly changed it. We were back on our way within fifteen minutes. For a lot of the ride, the road was lined on both sides with tall thin trees. These trees were a true blessing on a day this hot as they provided almost complete shade and allowed us to bike without the sun beating down on us.

SceneryWe stopped three miles from our hotel, The Comfort Inn, to interview with Live 5 News. Live 5 is the CBS affiliate in the Charleston area. They were kind enough to drive out and find us on the road to do an interview. Danny did another terrific job in the interview and after the short stop, we finished out our ride before 11:30.

We will be leaving The Comfort Inn at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and be heading for Charleston! We will spend the night at Lands Inn in Charleston before biking 14 miles to Folly Beach on Saturday morning. We can smell salt water in the air!!Interview

To view the day’s pictures, click here!

Sylvania, GA – Sycamore, SC: 35.25

June 10th, 2009 Comments off

1,000 People
$30 Donation
$30,000 Closer To A Cure

Danny’s Ride has set a goal of raising $30,000 for cancer research by June 6th,2009. This is a big goal but we have a big challenge –

finding a cure for cancer.

Sponsors names will be presented on a certificate with the check for the total amount of money raised.

Please be one of 1,000 people who have had enough with the hurt and destruction cancer has caused. Thank you.

FACT: Cancer is now the leading cause of death in the United States.

Miles: 35.25 Total
Biking Time: 2 Hours, 39 Minutes, 29 Seconds

Total Trip Miles to Date: 2,437.93

Estimated Miles To Folly Beach: 90!!!!
Days Until Saturday’s Finish: 3

Flat Tires: 22
Drew: 18

Danny: 4

South CarolinaFirst off, we want to thank each one of you who followed us throughout our journey and donated to our ride. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your support both financial and otherwise. This trip would not mean nearly as much without you.

Today was a beautiful ride. We got started on the bikes after a hot breakfast around 9:00 a.m. The weather at this time was already in the mid 80′s and wasn’t headed anywhere but up any time soon. There was plenty of sun and a light breeze that provided us with some natural air conditioning at times. The roads were great heading out of Georgia. Knowing that we were going to be entering back into South Carolina, gave such an energy during today’s ride.

Butch

We made one last stop in Georgia at the Welcome Center where we were offered soda from a fountain and cold icees. It was a great way to finish our enjoyable time in the great state of Georgia. After a twenty-minute stop, we climbed back on our bikes and headed into South Carolina. We took the standard pictures at the border and continued pedalling on our way.

The roads changed almost immediately. We went from having a wide shoulder on a smooth road to no shoulder on a bumpy road. However, we didn’t mind at all. We were thrilled to be back in South Carolina! We made it to Allendale, South Carolina and biked five miles further to Sycamore. This was almost precisely half way between Sylvania and Walterboro and would leave us with another 36 miles tomorrow. We even saw our first sign in two months for Charleston! Now, we knew we smell the salt water!!

SceneryWe drove back to Allendale, found a hotel and relaxed in the afternoon. It was a great thing that we finished biking early because the temperatures continued to rise along with the humidity and it would have been a difficult ride in the afternoon. We will be biking to Walterboro tomorrow and leaving Walterboro at 9:00 on Friday morning from the Comfort Inn to bike to Charleston.

To view the day’s pictures, click here.

Bike With Danny’s Ride – Details Finalized

June 9th, 2009 Comments off

FRIDAY
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Friday morning.

Start: Comfort Inn – 97 Downs Lane, Walterboro, SC 29488.

Finish: Lands Inn in Charleston – 2545 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC.

We should finish by 2:00 at the very latest. W

e expect to be done earlier than that but will be take our time and enjoy the ride.

SATURDAY
Have you ever biked with a police escort? How about for 16 miles?

That’s right! Join Danny’s Ride with a police escort from Lands Inn Inn (2545 Savannah Hwy, Charleston) to Folly Beach. We will start biking at 8:15 a.m. and will finish at Folly Beach around 10:00 a.m.

This opportunity doesn’t come often! Bring your friends!

Swainsboro – Sylvania, GA: 53:59

June 9th, 2009 Comments off

1,000 People
$30 Donation
$30,000 Closer To A Cure

Danny’s Ride has set a goal of raising $30,000 for cancer research by June 6th,2009. This is a big goal but we have a big challenge

– finding a cure for cancer.

Sponsors names will be presented on a certificate with the check for the total amount of money raised.

Please be one of 1,000 people who have had enough with the hurt and destruction cancer has caused. Thank you.

FACT: Cancer is now the leading cause of death in the United States.

Miles: 53.59 Total
Biking Time: 3 Hours, 57 Minutes, 40 Seconds

Total Trip Miles to Date: 2,402.68

Estimated Miles To Folly Beach: 127
Days Until Saturday’s Finish: 4

Flat Tires: 22
Drew: 18

Danny: 4

Scenery

After breakfast at the Huddle House, we hit the road. By 9:00 a.m., it was already in the mid-80′s and the humidity was extreme to say the least but it was an absolutely beautiful day. We were fortunate to bike through spectacular views on wide shoulders. We biked through tall trees, over small rivers and by lakes. We saw a little bit of everything today.

In fact, we were having so much fun when we reached Millen (our intended destination), we decided to continue to the next closest town – Sylvania. Biking extra miles today will allow us to do fewer miles Wednesday and Thursday.

The plan is to bike 35 miles tomorrow and 35 on Thursday. We will be in Walterboro on Thursday and bike from the hotel on Friday morning. We have talked to several bikers who will be joining us and we are excited to have everyone!

Danny Biking

At one point during the ride, we had to swerve to avoid a two foot long snake stretched out along the shoulder. As I looked back, the snake was slithering back to the grass. I wanted to take a picture but couldn’t get myself to stop and go back to anywhere near the snake.

Danny did a terrific job on the bike again today. He shows no symptoms of pneumonia. It is great to have him back on the bike.

We had a very special guest join us today – Butch Beck. You may know him from his posts on Danny’s Wall. He was the original driver for Danny’s Ride before his wife was diagnosed with cancer just days before our departure. The good news is she is doing extremely well with her treatments. It is great to have someone like Butch around. His energy and humor re-energize all of us.

Friday Biking Details

June 8th, 2009 Comments off

START TIME: 9:00 a.m. Friday morning.

START: Comfort Inn  – 97 Downs Lane, Walterboro, SC 29488.

FINISH: Lands Inn in Charleston – 2545 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC.

It sounds like we have several bikers that are planning on being with us.  We can’t wait!!

Dublin – Swainsboro, GA: 34.43 Miles

June 8th, 2009 Comments off

1,000 People
$30 Donation
$30,000 Closer To A Cure

Danny’s Ride has set a goal of raising $30,000 for cancer research by June 6th,2009. This is a big goal but we have a big challen

ge

– finding a cure for cancer.

Sponsors names will be presented on a certificate with the check for the total amount of money raised.

Please be one of 1,000 people who have had enough with the hurt and destruction cancer has caused. Thank you.

FACT: Cancer is now the leading cause of death in the United States.

Miles: 34.43 Total
Biking Time: 2 Hours, 35 Minutes, 42 Seconds

Total Trip Miles to Date: 2,349.09

Estimated Miles To Folly Beach: 180
Days Until Saturday’s Finish: 6

Flat Tires: 22
Drew: 18

Danny: 4

Danny Biking

Rather than using today as a day of rest, Danny and I hit the road and cut tomorrow’s 70 miles in half. It was beautiful weather with the sun shinning and very little wind. It was a good thing we did because we climbed one hill after another. For a couple days off the bike, Danny did a terrific job battling the hills! It was great to have him back and we are thrilled he is feeling better.

We finished the lighter day and quickly found a hotel in town. This allowed us to relax all afternoon and prepare details for the final leg into Charleston.

My uncle, Don, lives in Atlanta and drove 3 hours to take us out to dinner tonight! It was great to relax and laugh with him. We learned that he checks the blog every day and was familiar with all of our adventures – even referring to me as “Neil Armstrong” at one point. We all enjoyed his company and stories. We only wish we could have convinced him to stay longer!

Don and DrewWe will be hitting the pavement at 7:30 tomorrow on our way to Millen, Georgia. We may bike a couple miles further in order to cut down on the 48 miles we have on Wednesday. We will see how our tired bodies feel when we arrive in Millen. We appreciate all of the posts on Danny’s Wall, the furry of donations we have received and the growing Facebook support. We can’t wait to thank many of you in person in the coming days.