THE GOAL: Raise $10,000 for Stillwater, Oklahoma’s, non-profit Judith Karman Hospice, all proceeds going to nurse education.
THE RIDE: Solo bicycle ride from heartland Stillwater, Oklahoma, to Bristol, Rhode Island’s, harbor, beginning April 16, 2012 and ending nearly 2000 miles later on May 27, 2012.
THE CAUSE: Stillwater's non-profit Judith Karman Hospice. Choosing the JKH as my charity was heartfelt. My parents died a little over two months apart when I was just into my 20s. This was a very difficult time for me and my siblings.
It wasn’t until my mother-in-law received care from the Judith Karman Hospice in 2006 that I understood what a wonderful, supportive, and vital role hospice plays in the final months or days of a loved one. JKH nurses and staff were lovingly there 24/7 for my mother-in-law, my husband, and me.
I am dedicated to doing anything I can to help our wonderful JKH hospice so that others can experience hospice’s compassionate care. I would like to try to make the general public realize what occurs when one is a hospice patient or family member and what happens in the industry.
THE CYCLIST: Susan Schuyler Walker. I am a retired English teacher/editor/technical writer/curriculum developer. I’ve also retired from vegetable gardening and beekeeping. My local Audubon affiliation, bicycle touring, and Earthwatch Expeditions see me away from home too often to keep up with these hobbies.
Since 1998, I have bicycled the West Coast, Alaska, Newfoundland, the East Coast, the length of the Danube River, the length of the Mississippi River (3x), and crossed country on my bicycle (4x).
But, there are several things that make this ride different. First, I will turn 70 on the ride. Also, for the first time, I will be riding for charity and will ride solo. All of my other bicycle rides have been vacations on wheels with at least one other cyclist. And, last, I have plotted the route myself and will rely on your hospitality and that of hospices and civic organizations along the route to provide speaking venues, accommodations, and fuel for the engine where possible.
Please bookmark my blog site and pass the word to friends. I know that together we can reach our goal of $10,000 and make a difference for Stillwater's JKH hospice nurses and the recipients of their care.
Susan and her Specialized bicycle with loaded B.O.B. trailer in
Bellingham, Washington, before the 2009 C2C ride