Heroes For Kids Bike-a-thon

21 Dec

On Friday, July 29, 2011, three lifelong friends will complete the bike ride they started 25 years ago, but never got to finish together. The ride, titled “Heroes for Kids Bike-a-thon 2011,” is a 2,352-mile journey from Seguin, TX to Buffalo, N.Y., that will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC), including the Geneva, NY chapter, as well as the Seneca Babcock Community Center in Buffalo, NY.

The purpose of this ride is to teach youth about finishing what they start and to increase awareness and funds for organizations such as the BGC and the Seneca Babcock Community Center, that provide critical services and programs to underprivileged youth.

In 1986, four guys started on an 8,141 mile journey to raise money for a Boys Club that shaped their lives.  Along their journey, one of the riders had to leave the trip for family reasons and two were hit by a truck while they were riding along the side of the road in Seguin, TX.  Only one of the original four riders was able to finish the trip. Doctors Dave Cywinski and Dan Alexander, who work together at the Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center and Tony Glosek who works with them, will bicycle 2,500 miles in 25 days next summer.

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Alexander, Cywinski and Glosek all grew up on the impoverished streets on the south side of Buffalo, N.Y. and attended Babcock Street Boys & Girls Club as children and through their teenage years. From an early age they understood the importance of sacrifice, community and the need to provide a fun, safe environment for children to “go and grow.” Because of the poverty and crime that existed in their neighborhood, they always credit the BGC as the key to staying out of trouble and helping to point them in the right direction.

“Without the Boys & Girls Clubs growing up, we wouldn’t be where we are today and we owe so much to the wonderful people who helped guide us,” said Dr. Cywinski. “Now, it’s our turn to give back and to provide a safe place for children to go and to help lead them in the right direction.”

On the south side of Buffalo today is the Seneca Babcock Community Center, which provides enriching, educational, recreational and social programs to community members of all ages. For more than 33 years, the community center has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. Additionally, the center is dedicated to ensuring that the community’s disadvantaged youth have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives.

Get involved:

Follow the Heroes on Twitter as they plan their trip

For more information or for corporate sponsorships, contact Bill Wiesmore at 716.553.5158 or william@heroesforkidsbikeathon.com.

The community can also support Heroes for Kids Bike-a-thon 2011 by visiting http://www.heroesforkidsbikeathon.com.

One Response to “Heroes For Kids Bike-a-thon”

  1. Jay January 10, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    Dan Alexander was a Buffalo Firefighter who saw the future and decided that medical school was a better decision.

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