State College, PA (PRWEB) March 21, 2012
Starting May 13, Larry Emigh will bike 3,415 miles across the United States in just seven weeks, running his 70-year old “motor” on top of his trusty bike as a major fundraising effort for the Children’s Dyslexia Center in State College, PA.
Raising funds to support the Children’s Dyslexia Center is essential to its operation because it provides free tutoring to dyslexic children between 6 and 18 years of age. While the Center has employed traditional fundraisers to earn financial support in the past, Larry has taken on the “Tour for Dyslexia” endeavor as a unique way to help ensure that the Center can continue to provide its essential tutoring services.
Approximately 1 in 5 people have dyslexia, making this affliction the most common learning disability in the country. Individuals with dyslexia have difficulty with language processing, which severely impacts their ability to read. Typically diagnosed in childhood, there is no cure for dyslexia; but, children can learn to read and write effectively with the proper educational support. And that is where tutoring, like the free services available at the Children’s Dyslexia Center, which serves 15 counties in central Pennsylvania, becomes essential to help dyslexic children manage their learning disability and learn to read and write successfully.
Not only will this challenging bike trip raise awareness that children with dyslexia desperately need assistance, but Larry Emigh’s main goal for the ride – other than completing it – is to raise $250,000 to help financially support the Children’s Dyslexia Center and to allow its students to keep receiving their essential tutoring. Since the Dyslexia Center trains the tutors for free and does not charge children for their educational services, it is always seeking funds for its operational expenses.
Much like the students receiving tutoring at the Center have a long journey that requires the help of many supporters, Larry Emigh has found a similar experience in his training. He has trained for two years to prepare for this event, which culminates in a 7 week journey from the West Coast to the East Coast. As he enters the final months of preparation for his fundraising trip, interested followers can keep informed about his training, the Children’s Dyslexia Center, and the impact of dyslexia through his website, blog, Twitter feed, and Facebook page. Visit tourfordyslexia.org for the latest information and links to his social media pages, as well as to make a donation to this important cause.
A cross country bike trip is no small feat for a person of any age, and the fact that Larry Emigh is embarking on this arduous journey at the age of 70 – all as an amazing fundraiser for the Children’s Dyslexia Center in State College, PA – is truly remarkable. To learn more about the Center and how it assists dyslexic children, visit childrensdyslexiacenter.org; and to learn more about Larry’s challenging bike trip or to make a donation, visit tourfordyslexia.org.