Kathy Schreckengost, of Erie, is embarking on June 16 on what she calls the “ride of my life.”
Each week, she will raise money for a different local charity. Schreckengost hopes to raise one dollar for each mile. Charities range from the Leukemia and Lymphona Society to the Presque Isle Partnership.
So far, Schreckengost has raised over $2,000.
“I think I’m going to [reach my goal], and even if I don’t, it’s a good start,” said Schreckengost.
Donors can choose which charity and week they support. Schreckengost said that the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, which receives money from her trek across Wisconsin, has already exceeded its mileage.
When Schreckengost starting cycling about 23 years ago, it was to spend time with her son. Ten years ago, she set a goal to ride across the country.
Her voyage will start in Everett, Wash. and end in Gloucester, Mass. Schreckengost will be cycling with a group called Cycle America. The ride will average 80 miles per day.
“The more I got into it, the more I thought I should do it for a reason,” said Schreckengost.
Schreckengost could not choose just one charity, so she is supporting nine. Each sponsored charity was selected because it has meaning in Schreckengost’s life.
To donate to Schreckengost’s ride, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.