Welcome to my fundraising page for JettRide 2011!
How far would you go to help someone in need? I am willing to go 1,500 miles and I ask you to please sponsor me along this journey.
Many of you might remember that last summer, I cycled 700 miles for Duchenne muscular dystrophy on JettRide 2010. This year I will join for the first half of the 1,500 mile journey from MN to NJ… "We're on a roll to END DUCHENNE!"
This July, l will proudly join this cause to help raise funds and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (Duchenne), a devastating, progressive neuromuscular disorder which robs those diagnosed of their independence and eventually their life.
This event is called JettRide 2011. From July 5th to August 5th, our team will bike through 8 states and numerous cities/towns. The ride will take off in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and will end in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Working at The Jett Foundation has allowed me the privilege of meeting many families affected by Duchenne; I am riding for ALL my friends who can't. While there are many things I can't do to help these boys, cycling and raising national awareness is something I CAN do.
I will be leaving the JettRide early to participate in the Annual Gals for Cal Triathlon. On July 24, 2011 I will join over 100 women, who will swim, bike and run for Duchenne!!! We're Challenging Ourselves while Challenging Duchenne!!!!
What is Duchenne? Duchenne is the most common lethal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood today. It is a progressive neuromuscular disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence. DMD affects approximately 1 in every 3,500 boys, or 20,000 babies born each year worldwide. Because the DMD gene is found on the X chromosome, the disorder manifests primarily in boys. DMD affects families of every race and culture. Regardless of family history, DMD can occur in any pregnancy. Random spontaneous genetic mutation is the cause of DMD in nearly 35% of families affected. No known effective treatment or cure currently exists for DMD.
What is the Jett Foundation? The Jett Foundation for Duchenne muscular dystrophy was founded in 2001 by Stephen and Christine McSherry, when their son, Jett McSherry, then 5 years old, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The mission of the Jett Foundation is to improve the treatment, quality of life and long term outlook for all individuals affected by DMD through research advocacy, education and compassion. After nine years of steady progress in the fight against this dreadful disease, the Jett Foundation is known throughout the country as a leader, funding promising research and as a strong advocate in this battle.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. But if you'd rather send a check, please make it out to the Jett Foundation, with Colleen Finn written clearly in the memo and mail to the Jett Foundation, 42 Elm Street, Suite 3, Kingston, MA 02364
If participating in races like the JettRidewill help spread the word about Duchenne then it is the least I can do!!
Please take a minute to watch this video, BE PART OF THE MIRACLE. These boys NEED & DESERVE a chance to live long enough to find the cure… all they need is our SUPPORT!!!! Each mile will bring us closer to a treatment!!!
Be Part of the Miracle - 2 Minute Video
For more information about the Jett Foundation - JettFoundation.org
If you or anyone you know is looking for a challenge - consider JettRide 2011! A great way to see the country, and help the entire Duchenne community!!!