Every year since 2006, a group of medical students from UConn School of Medicine volunteer to ride 4,000 miles on a bicycle over 50+ days to raise money for Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research, a Connecticut charity. This event is named Coast to Coast for a Cure.
Tonight – Monday, May 3, 2010 – a fund-raising event for Lea’s Foundation will be held at UCHC: the world premier of an original comic opera entitled “The Far-Flung Empire of the Soul“, complete with puppets and live orchestra!
The opera was composed by the Health Center’s four 2010 Coast to Coast Riders for a Cure riders: Loreen Fournier, Stacy White, Arturo Montano, and Alex Ocampo.
A screenshot of the poster announcing details about tonight’s live performance, which starts at 7:30pm in Keller Auditorium at UCHC, is shown below.
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Ben Ristau and Jeremiah Tracy were the first UCHC medical students to make the trip from San Francisco to the Connecticut shoreline in June 2006. They raised $20,000 for Lea’s Foundation that year.
This year – on June 16 2010 – the four bicyclists will fly to California with their equipment to begin their cross-country trek from San Francisco to Connecticut.
On their journey east-ward, they’ll travel approximately 4,000 miles over eight weeks; daily travel progress will be dependent on climate, traffic and road conditions (and their own personal energies). My goodness, that’s a lot of miles on two skinny tires!
Below are links to news articles or videos about previous Coast to Coast for a Cure participants.
- One of the 2009 bicyclists, med student Drew Cathers, created this video about their trip, posted on YouTube:
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- A blog written by Daniel Morris about the 2008 trip offers up the following cumulative statistics about their journey: “ Total Miles: 3889. Most miles in one day (Pueblo-Eads, CO): 125. Fewest miles in one day (Rico-Telluride, CO): 36. Days to get from San Francisco to Farmington, Connecticut: 53. Seven rest days. One day of rain. Twelve states crossed. Eight nights in Utah, the longest time in one state. One night each in Illinois and New York, the shortest states “.