Posted on January 17, 2011
Jett Foundation Announces JettRide 2011
January 2, 2011, Kingston, MA – The Jett Foundation, a Boston-area nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), today announced their 3rd annual signature fundraising bike tour – JettRide 2011. The JettRide continues to engage bike enthusiasts and ordinary people to use their “muscle” to raise lifesaving funds and awareness for children affected by this devastating muscle waisting disease.
Due to the huge success of the 2007 and 2010 JettRides – where dozens of teens biked across America (Oregon to Plymouth in 2007 and California to New Jersey in 2010) – the Jett Foundation is pleased to announce the 2011 JettRide set to take place in July. This summer we have planned a shorter route (1,000 miles in 4 weeks) in order to maximize the number of families with Duchenne we visit and number of riders who can participate. The JettRide will begin at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN and finish at the Jersey Shore on August 5th.
The JettRide is a fully supported bike-a-thon – with food and water stops, mechanical and medical assistance, luggage transportation and lodging – that will travel through 6 states, stop at over 15 cities/towns and log over 1,000 miles in 4 weeks. The riders will travel through: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Cyclists are required to raise $4,000 to participate in the event. The ride is facilitated by a professional cycling organization called BIKEternity that offers a life changing experience to participants as well as the Duchenne community.
According to Jett Foundation President, Christine McSherry, the 2011 ride is a direct result of an outpouring of support for previous JettRides: “Our last two JettRides initiated an overwhelming response from the Duchenne Community across the country. We are thrilled to once again orchestrate this event that engages families, friends and communities nationwide to come together for one single cause – end Duchenne muscular dystrophy.”
Founded in 2001 by Steve and Christine McSherry following the devastating diagnosis of their son, Jett, at age five, the Jett Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds specifically aimed at exceptional medical care and muscle strengthening research for Duchenne. As the leading genetic killer in boys, this devastating disease affects more than 1 in 3,500 boys worldwide and is the most common and lethal form of muscular dystrophy.
Boys with Duchenne are usually diagnosed by the age of five, in a wheelchair by age 12 and maybe completely paralyzed by their late teens. Historically, most children with Duchenne do not live to see adulthood. Duchenne can occur in any family, from any race and from any background.
The Jett Foundation continues to challenge bike enthusiasts and adventure seekers to participate in the JettRide – asking them to dedicate their passions to raising funds for treatments and research. However, you do no need any bike experience to participate, the JettRide also empowers Duchenne families and advocates to do something that can make a difference for their loved ones.
For more information or to sign up for JettRide 2011, please visit jettride.jettfoundation.org
About the Jett Foundation
The Jett Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds specifically aimed at saving this generation of boys with Duchenne muscular dustrophy. By working with the world’s leading Duchenne scientists and doctors the Jett Foundation is known throughout the country as a leader in funding promising research and as a strong advocate in this battle.