Donation Links and Ride Mission

Arthritis Donation Link:  

http://www.rideacrossamerica.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1134053

or mail to:

Arthritis Foundation, National Office
c/o Tom Baltes Ride Across America
1330 West Peachtree Street NW, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30309

Volkssporting Donation Link:

 Ride Mission

The purpose for this ride, beyond personal health benefit, is to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation and the American Volkssport Association (AVA).  Please consider a donation to each organization; $5, $10, or $20 from you, me and our friends can make a huge impact.  If you’re a gambler, I’m challenging everyone to bet a penny or two on every mile I can ride.  Just send an email with your commitment to TLBaltes@aol.com and at the end of the ride I’ll send you a reminder.  Commitments so far are listed at the bottom of this page.  I’ll blog daily once my ride begins on August 16th and report miles completed until I reach the east coast or as far as I can go.  The entire route is a bit over 4,000 miles, so a penny bet would cost you at most $40 and potentially less if the task proves too difficult.  I’m willing to work for that bet if you’re willing to risk a penny a mile.  Louise is betting 65 cents a mile on me to be shared between our two causes.  Monitor my blog until I report I’m finished and the miles completed before sending in your donation.

Here’s why this is so important to me.  The Arthritis Foundation website tells the story well, but basically over 50 million Americans have been diagnosed with one of the more than 100 arthritic conditions and among them are 300,000 youth with arthritis.  Four of the five siblings in my family have arthritis, with two experiencing very debilitating levels of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  The development of new biologic medicines to target RA has dramatically improved the quality of life for my brother and sister.  Arthritis sufferers benefit from your donation through greater access to the Foundation’s services, which help them enjoy a more pain-free and productive life.  You can donate on my behalf using the link on the right side of the home page.

Louise and I have been Volkssporters for 35 years and can’t begin to recount all the enjoyment we’ve gained from the program and the health benefits we experience.  Walking, biking and swimming events made available by the AVA’s clubs are a perfect match for the needs of those who suffer arthritis and healthy people alike.  The AVA is the umbrella organization for nearly 300 clubs across America and they administer the reward programs, oversee the process for establishing new walking, biking and swimming events, and they manage the national level publicity.  As a non-profit with barebones fees for service their budget is far too small for the demands of growing the program.   Consequently, Volkssporting remains relatively unknown to so many who can and should use it.  Funds for publicity and finding new partners, such as the Arthritis Foundation, are needed to keep this tremendous program advancing with modern needs. Donate to AVA through the mail-in form in the link on the right side of the home page and mention my ride on your donation form.  If you’re not already a Volkssporter look for a club near you through the AVA website or help get a club started in your area and enjoy the fun of exploring your world on foot or bike.

Thanks for your support of my ride and these two important programs.

Tom

 

 

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