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Another Piece of the Puzzle...Angels earn their wings biking for Charlie

Lynn Marr-Moore
Another Piece of the Puzzle...Angels earn their wings biking for Charlie

Last year we held the first bike ride to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Iowa. We had 70 people show up and we raised $5,000.

Last Saturday we held the second annual bike ride and we had over 300 riders show up and raised $10,000.

I guess that the entire year of planning and hard work really paid off. We were so humbled to have so many jump on the Charlie’s Angels Team, and as everyone began to arrive at the Flat Tire Lounge on the High Trestle Trail, we couldn’t believe the number of cars that just kept arriving.

The weather was perfect, we were able to get the word out, the homemade cinnamon rolls, (I was told, I can’t eat them) were outstanding and I think that Charlie’s cute smile melted everyone that saw her. Or maybe it was Banana Man, Mike Knox, who showed up with his banana bike and trailer and led the charge of 300 riders down the bike trail.

Our Charlie’s Angels rocked the trail. Today I am exhausted, but it’s a good exhaustion. We will now start planning for next year’s ride, where we are hoping for 400 people and plan to raise $15,000.

My brother and sister-in-law were here from Texas, our biking team of Slow Moving Riders were all here, coming from all over Iowa and Illinois, and we even had members of the Class of 1965 Ames High School reunion riding with us. People filled the donation boxes and I had people that I didn’t even know writing me checks for $100.

Isn’t it amazing how Iowans reach out to each other?

Lots of angels earned their wings yesterday.

And many more will have the opportunity next year.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us in our mission to fund a cure for our Charlie.