I am joining this group as a newbie to GlobeRiders. I am 59 years old, married, with three college graduates and two grandchildren. I'm very proud to finally get all of mychildren through higher education: a graduate of the Air Force Academy, a son with a degree in Risk Management, and a daughter with a Doctorate in Microbiology.
My wife Lauren is very supportive of this effort, donating her time and money to support me and my chosen charity.
I am an Eagle Scout with extensive survival hiking and camping experience. I am also a serious snow skier and adventure traveler. I have been riding since my late 20’s. I have traveled extensively the North American Continent by motorcycle, hiking, truck, etc.
Logging over 100,000 miles on motorcycles of various types (from scooters, Harley’s, Honda Gold Wing’s, and KTM 400 open-class enduros), I have been on numerous tours, covering over 10,000 miles per trip. I have raced enduros, finishing 4th in the overall Southeastern Trail conference in the late 80’s . I love motorcycle touring and made a personal goal of traveling around the world for A Purpose before I fully retire. The 2008 World Tour will help me in that objective…
My second objective is to raise money for my favorite charity. To do that, H & H Insurance Services is sponsoring me in time, money and my participation to raise that money. H & H is a commercial insurance agency in Atlanta Georgia, www.h-hinsurance.com.
Fisher House supports military families, and is a wonderful group to ride for. We can make a difference to these families and soldiers. They need our help and I hope you can take the time to investigate this wonderful group. I hope you will follow my journey and then follow along with your contributions.
I will be traveling from China, to Inner Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Czech
Republic, Slovakia, and finally ending in Germany on the Globe Riders World Tour. Along the 17,000 km route, I will be promoting Fisher House Foundation with increased awareness and fundraising. You can follow me on my trip through my trip jounals (http://www.globeriders.com/live!journal_pages/gwt08_live!journal/gwt08_journal_bikes_bios.shtml)
Sponsors: H&H Insurance, Biotics, and Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
Total Donations Collected:$3,460.00
The Fisher House™ Program
The Fisher House™ program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House™ Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
There is at least one Fisher House™ at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House™ program serves more than 12,000 families, and have made available nearly 3 million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. By law, there is no charge for any family to stay at a Fisher House operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Fisher House Foundation uses donations to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. No family pays to stay at any Fisher House!
The Foundation has received the highest possible ratings from the “watch dog” organizations that evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of nonprofit organizations: For every dollar donated to Fisher House™ Foundation, 96 percent goes directly into Fisher House programs that help military families.
Online donations are completely safe and the most efficient way of donating (saving time and money), but checks are accepted. Please download and print the TFH Check Donation Form and mail the check and completed form to the address on the form.
Fisher House™ Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.