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- On July 15, 2016
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The Newsletter of the Les Turner ALS Foundation —In 2001, Barrington community member Bob Lee began one of the most important journeys of his life. After reading Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie and feeling so inspired by the words of the main character, Morrie Schwartz, Bob passed the book on tape to a neighbor who had retired and was moving to California.
“He [the neighbor] loved the book so much he listened to it twice. Five months after moving, he called to tell me he had been diagnosed with ALS,” said Bob. This pushed Bob to begin thinking about his own life and what he wanted to do with the time he had left.
One day, while out on a bike ride, a plan formed and the Ride for 3 Reasons was born.
Over the course of the next 11 years, Bob embarked on three separate bike rides across the continent, raising tremendous amounts of both money and awareness for three reasons: hospice, cancer and ALS. In all, Bob biked close to 12,000 miles and raised over $1.3 million, split evenly among the three causes. While each ride brought in more donors and raised more money, the rides also gave Bob more opportunities to educate people about all three causes.
In 2007, as Bob spoke at local elementary schools, he unknowingly planted a seed in the mind of a third grader who never forgot Bob’s remarkable achievements.