- Posted by rey-ride
- On July 2, 2016
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After reading Mitch Albom’s book “Tuesdays With Morrie,” Barrington resident Bob Lee was inspired to ride his bicycle across the United States.
In 2001, at the age of 58, he embarked on the first of his “Ride for 3 Reasons” to raise money for ALS and cancer research, as well as hospice care.
“A friend was diagnosed with ALS. I wanted to find significance in my life,” he said. Three rides and 12,000 miles later, Lee has raised $1.3 million for the causes. It was after his second ride in 2007 that Lee made a presentation at Hough Elementary School in Barrington entitled “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” In his audience that day was a 9-year-old boy who became inspired to follow in Lee’s bicycle tracks.
Now that young man, Barrington High School student Jan Gierlach, is taking over for the 73-year-old Lee, and taking on the next “Ride for 3 Reasons” in February, making the trek from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida.