SOURCE: National Hospice Foundation

October 16, 2007 09:46 ET

Cyclist Bob Lee Concludes 6,500-Mile Bike Ride in Support of National Hospice Foundation

The Ride Is Over but Fundraising Is Still Going Strong

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - October 16, 2007) - In celebration of his 65th birthday this year, Bob Lee began a special journey -- A Ride for Three Reasons -- a 6,500-mile fundraising bike ride across America. The goal was to raise $65,000 for each of three causes important to him represented by the National Hospice Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Lee finished the ambitious ride last month and is home again in Barrington, IL, but his fundraising effort is far from over.

To date, almost $320,000 has been raised through A Ride for 3 Reasons. And, thanks to a generous group of donors, all additional contributions made before November 15, will be matched up to $65,000. This will bring the total fundraising effort to approximately $450,000 -- or $150,000 for each of Lee's charities, including NHF.

Lee began his ride on March 27, 2007 in Jacksonville, Florida and ended in Bar Harbor, Maine on September 7. He passed through 28 states during his ride.

"The commitment and passion Bob has shown for these important causes is truly remarkable," said J. Donald Schumacher, NHF president. "In addition to the significant dollars raised through A Ride for Three Reasons, Bob has done a tremendous job raising public awareness of these causes."

The National Hospice Foundation extends its deepest appreciation to Lee for this achievement and is honored by his continued interest in raising funds and awareness for hospice.

Hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care that provides pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to people coping with life-limiting illness and their family caregivers. More than 1.3 million patients received care from the nation's hospices last year.

To learn more about the newest challenge grant, read tales from Lee's journey and support A Ride for Three Reasons, please visit www.3reasons.org.

The National Hospice Foundation is the charity for end-of-life care, working to support the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa, and others who share a common vision to advance care at the end of life. For additional information or to support the efforts of NHF, please visit www.nationalhospicefoundation.org or call 703-516-4928.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jon Radulovic
    NHF Spokesperson
    Ph: 703-837-3139