Senior Citizen’s Charity Bicycle Ride to Raise $1 Million: A Ride for 3 Reasons Seeks Donations for Cancer, ALS, and Hospice

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70-year-old Bob Lee will partake in a 12,000 mile charity bicycle ride around the perimeter of the U.S., raising $1 million for three charities: Cancer, ALS and Hospice. His cause, A Ride for 3 Reasons is funded by Bob's pedal power and a hometown, grass roots network of volunteers, corporate sponsors and private donors to ensure 100 percent of all money raised goes directly to charity. The greatest challenge for this cancer survivor/humanitarian isn't physical, it's the business of fundraising.

Bob Lee will cycle 12,000 miles for A Ride for 3 Reasons

Pedal Power

This is a purpose-driven ride. The people fighting cancer and ALS, the hospice nurses, and all of the people who are collaborating with me on these rides — they are the ones who give me pedal power.

This September, 70-year-old humanitarian, Bob Lee will embark on a charity bicycle ride down the West Coast of the United States in the culmination of a solo 12,000 mile, $1 million ride --all to raise money and awareness for three causes: cancer and ALS research, and hospice care programs.

With the ride of his life only three months away, Bob Lee is less concerned about the physical challenges of the road ahead: “The most challenging leg of my ride is asking for donations. We are off to a great start with the generous sponsors and matching fund mechanisms already in place but we need to accelerate our ‘call-to-action; we need friends to donate now before I saddle up.”

“I’m not a ‘biker’ and I am not a fundraiser, I am more of a peddler with a passion to help conquer disease and support those living with life-threatening illnesses,” explains Bob Lee, a cancer survivor himself. “This is a purpose-driven ride. The people fighting cancer and ALS, the hospice nurses, and all of the people who are collaborating with me on these rides — they are the ones who give me pedal power.”

This ride, the third leg of the solo charity bicycle ride will complete his 12,000 perimeter tour of the United States. The upcoming West Coast journey will add more than 2,000 miles to Bob’s odometer and begins in Vancouver, British Columbia, stretches down the coast of California and crosses the border of Mexico with the goal of inspiring 3,000 new donors to the Ride for 3 Reasons. In 2001, he cycled 3,254 miles from San Diego, Ca. to Jacksonville, Fla. and raised $89,000; and in 2007, Bob peddled more than 6,500 miles up the East Coast and along the northern border of the United States raising $390,000 for charity.

By the time he crosses his finish line, Bob intends to raise $1 million dollars for the three charities: American Cancer Society, the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and the National Hospice Foundation. Lee covers all the travel and training expenses himself and has a dedicated group of volunteers to ensure that 100 percent of all money donated to A Ride for 3 Reasons ( goes directly to charity.

Going the extra mile, Lee personally visits with some of the researchers who benefit from his charity bicycle rides for updates and discussions: “It is important for donors to know that their donations are making a real difference, to know that their money is allowing world-renowned researchers to do work they otherwise might not have the money to do, and to understand that breakthroughs have occurred because of their contributions.”

A Ride for 3 Reasons is 501c3 charitable organization. With the generous support of the organization’s Pacesetter sponsors, donations are multiplied to maximize gifts. With every $1 donation, Pacesetter Funds will actually contribute $3 to A Ride for 3 Reasons. For more information, go to

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