The Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation hosted a 700 mile bike ride to raise money and awareness for a relatively new and rare immune disorder known as HLH. The trip, 700 Miles to Hope, was divided into 7 sections where participants would ride from one city to another over a span of 7 days. Starting in Natchez, Mississippi and riding all the way to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, our Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mike Hegner, was one of those participants.
Each day the ride was dedicated to a patient who is currently battling HLH. The second leg of the 700 mile ride was dedicated to a little boy named Bogdon. A strong and smart young man, Bogdon was determined to participate, so he figured out a way that he could. He peddled an exercise bike from his hospital bed to be part of the team! Bogdon said he pedaled 100 times forward, and 100 times backwards since the riders rode over 100 miles for him.
We’re very proud of our Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for demonstrating a great deal of strength, determination and compassion by participating in this event. With many elevation changes, Mother Nature and fatigue setting in, the ride was definitely challenging, but totally worth it! The participants of the 700 Miles to Hope ride were able to raise more than $335,000 for HLH research. Thank you all for your selfless acts of kindness in the efforts to raise awareness for HLH.
The 700 mile journey will end today as participants arrive at their final destination in Cincinnati, but the journey to find a cure for HLH still remains. Learn more about the 700 Miles to Hope bike ride, HLH and the Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation here: http://www.matthewandandrew.org/