Meet some of our past JettRiders!
||Julianna Gabel, 15, Curtice, Ohio
Julianna’s FirstGiving Page
I am participating in the JettRide for my neighbor and friend, Braedan, and for every other boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. My desire is to raise funds and awareness for this devastating disorder. When I learned about the severity of the disorder my heart ached for my neighbors and their son, and everyone afflicted. I feel this ride is one thing I can do in the effort to help find a cure.
|Delaney Branigan, 15, Medway MA
Delaney’s FirstGiving Page
I am participating in the JettRide to support my cousin Ryan who has DMD. I want to raise awareness and help find a cure for DMD so that Ryan and everyone affected by this disease can live a happy and healthy life. I look forward to meeting new people, seeing new things and meeting all of the families on our trip.
|Ezra Sonderling, 16 years old, Newton, MA
Ezra’s FirstGiving Page
Last summer I rode from Charleston, SC to San Diego, CA with a teen group. I learned about working as team and the joys of bike touring. This kindled my interest in cycling, and as soon as I returned from the trip, I began to compete in road and cyclocross races. I am excited to challenge myself again this summer, and look forward to meeting the many people who support us as we cross the continent.
|Kaitlyn Hastings, 17, Plainville, Massachusetts
Kaitlyn’s FirstGiving Page
I am participating in the JettRide to try and help my little brother, Ryan, and all of the other boys struggling with DMD. I am really excited to meet new friends, explore new places and most importantly, help to move research ahead quicker to find a cure for DMD.
|Jack Van Houten, 18, Hartland, Michigan
I am participating in the JettRide because I want to raise money to fight Duchenne. My brother Kyle has Duchenne so I would like to help him in any way I can. I want my brother to be able to run and play the games with his friends that he can’t now.
|Colby Chase, 17, Lincoln, New Hampshire
I want to be a JettRider for my friend, Jett McSherry and others. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to serve, raise money, and raise awareness of DMD to find a cure. I couldn’t imagine the sorrow and struggle for family and friends of those who have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. All I can do is help.
|Team JOA, Cleveland, Ohio
Team JOA will be riding with the JettRiders for a few days of the tour. We’re so excited to welcome them aboard!
|Team Cure Dale’s Duchenne, Gainesville, Florida
We need your help to save Dale’s life and the lives of the 20,000 more boys that are diagnosed with Duchenne each year. We are in a race against time. These boys get weaker each day. Dale has already lost his ability to run, jump and play like his peers. Our goal is to stop this dreaded disease.
|Paul Nason, Killingly, Connecticut
Born in Connecticut and lived on a farm most of my good life, just retired as a Vocational Instructor in Machining. I am an outdoor person and been involved with sports most of my life along with my two sons. I’ve traveled throughout the US including Alaska, Canada and China. I participated coast to coast in the 2010 JettRide.That was the best thing I’ve done in my life, for the boy’s with Duchenne, the other riders and myself. I work hard, have fun, laugh, make friends, help others and no hasn’t been part of my vocabulary.
|Megan Matrka, Columbus, Ohio
Megan’s FirstGiving Page
I am from Columbus, Ohio and have been involved with the Jett Foundation since the 2010 tour. I learn a lot from the Duchenne crew and am lucky to be a part of it again. I currently work in wilderness therapy with teens and enjoy getting out to bike when I can.
||Julianne Panagacos, Olympia, Washington
Julianne’s FirstGiving Page
Julianne has been bike commuting and touring on her trusty steed Pegasus since 2007. She loves biking for the physical challenge, the connection to the land and feeling of self-sufficiency and empowerment. She has been all over the US on her bike and hopes to cross some oceans with Pegasus in her future (maybe with the help of some other forms of transportation.) Julianne is 25, lives in Olympia, Washington and teaches Acroyoga, cooks, and makes music in spare her time. She is excited to bike with you!
|Bruce Sturges, Oklahoma
Bruce’s FirstGiving Page
My name is Bruce Sturges and I’m from Oklahoma. I have 3 grown children. I am a registered nurse and a bicycle tour guide for Adventure Cycling Association of Missoula, Montana. I have successfully completed the Adventure Cycling Leadership Training Course and led the Big Bend tour in Texas most recently. I have been cycling since 2004 after being introduced to the sport by my dad. It is a privilege to have been selected by the JETT Foundation to bicycle with your teen across the USA. I am looking forward to this challenge in a safe and orderly fashion. Hopefully, with a ton of fun and memories while bringing knowledge, awareness and funding to Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.
Arlen’s FirstGiving Page
My name is Arlen Hall, I am 55 and live in Missoula, Montana. I am a bicycling enthusiast and I make bicycle touring not only my passion, it is my profession. I am the Director of Tours for Adventure Cycling Association in Missoula, MT and operate more than 80 tours annually for one of the largest non-profit cycling organizations in North America. I have been involved in cycling for more than 15 years and have logged more than 45,000 miles on my bicycle. DMD changed my life in 2007, when I met Christine and Jett McSherry. I was the organizer of the original JettRide in 2007 and have ridden with the Jett Foundation in 2007, 2010, and 2011. I mentored the 2 teen riders, Drew and Mac, on the Bike Story for Cory in 2013.I am not riding with the JettRiders in 2014, although I wish I was. Through BIKEternity, I am working with the Jett Foundation on route and overnight selection west of Minneapolis, selection of the qualified adult leaders for the tour, providing on the road assistance to the leaders of the tour, and organizing a Welcome to Missoula fundraiser for the riders. I will indeed ride a few days out west with your teens. My heart will be with them all. Your teens will return from this experience transformed. JettRide 2014 will be a blast!
|Daniel Carrion, Massachusetts
Daniel’s FirstGiving Page
My name is Daniel Carrion I’m 41 years old, I currently live in Massachusetts. I was born and raised in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, and moved to the States in 1993. I studied electronics after graduating from high school, and pursued a career in manufacturing for many years. In 2011, I was introduced to the cycling world by a friend and fell in love with it. I became a bicycle tour guide for Adventure Cycling Association of Missoula, Montana after successfully completing the Adventure Cycling Leadership Training Course. I have worked 2 tours for the organization in Louisiana and North Carolina. I have developed solid bicycle mechanic skills after attending the Barnett Bicycle institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I have a grown son. I’m very grateful for the opportunities that cycling has given me including the opportunity to ride across America with your teen, and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.