In a desire to honor his beloved granddaughter, Sammy Rotman, Michael Libenson will be bicycling for her. He will be joined by four other retirees as part of SammyRides: Grandparents Riding for the Health of Grandchildren. I absolutely love this idea. The article entitled, Pedaling Miles for Grandkids’ Health can be seen in the July/August 2010 edition of the AARP Bulletin. It was written by Blair S. Walker.
Sadly, Sammy was 9 years old when she passed away of bone cancer.
According to the article, “The five cyclists, average age 70, are now training for the ride that will cover 2,400 miles and stop at 60 towns and cities over 65 days. The bikers will start in Sun City, Ariz., and arrive in Sun City Center”.
I am almost drawn to tears when I see the depth that these senior bikers are willing to go. They could probably give Lance Armstrong a run for his money. The goal is to raise funds for children suffering from cancer. This undertaking will also showcase the physical prowess that so many seniors are blessed with, even in their mature years.
Michael Libenson, you along with your bicycling partners are an inspiration for us all. You have found a positive and creative way to parlay your grief into something that can give hope to others. And because of this, you are my choice for today’s American Hero. I’ll be cheering for you and your team. Ride on Michael, Ride on!
If you are interested in learning more about this effort and how you can donate please visit their website at www.SammyRides.com. They have done a very good job in detailing this project.
AARP Bulletin, July/August 2010 edition, page 8