Total Funds Raised: $72,015
In the Press…
Mike in Notre Dame’s Observer
Mike on the Sioux Falls News before the ride.
Mike made it to Notre Dame!! He biked the final trek down Notre Dame Avenue to Hesburgh Library. He even brought his bike into the building, into the elevator to the 13th floor, and all the way into Father Hesburgh’s office! Father Ted and Melanie welcomed and congratulated Mike. He had finally made it from Sioux Falls.
All of us are so proud of Mike and so very honored to have him as the Vice Chair of this organization. Mike raised $70,000 for Hesburgh Hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.
We hope to continue this momentum on fund raising to finish construction at Hesburgh Hospital and bring more high quality health care to Latin America’s poor. Thank you for all of your support.
On this sixth day, he somehow managed to bike 72 more miles, leaving 35 for tomorrow’s big finish down Notre Dame Avenue. Two news stations will be there to tape him, and we’ll be sure to post the clips. It was another cold day but at least the temperatures were in the 40s. Mike biked until sunset again. I know he is tired, but he doesn’t seem to get winded in the least.
Congrats, Mike, and thanks to all.
David and I followed Mike and Tom today and scouted a route for them southeast from Delafield, WI. We had to adjust our route: Lake Michigan waves were supposed to be 25 feet high (!) because of the east coast storm, so there was no way we could take the ferry across. It was in the 30s all day and I honestly have no clue how those two kept pushing through the wind. I couldn’t even stand outside my car for longer than a couple of minutes. I tried not to think about what it might be like on a bike.
Nevertheless, Mike made it 90 miles to DeKalb, Illinois. He definitely would have gone longer, but I finally forced him in my car at 6:02pm because it was nightfall. I think he would have biked the entire night if I would have let him. This man is in good shape! Tom too! Tom headed home to Delafield around 4pm, but it was a lot of fun having him around, and he pulled through with some extra biking clip shoes this morning (white patent leather no less!) just at the moment Mike realized that his were sitting in Madison. (Apparently you can’t just wear sneakers. Silly me.)
Overall, a great day for Mike and all of us. He is doing remarkably well and, in my opinion, he is not complaining nearly enough given the weather and the 500 miles he biked over the past five days. He’s at the hotel pool now swimming some nighttime laps to loosen up for the morning ride. Just kidding. (But I wouldn’t be surprised.)
Thank you, friends, for supporting Michael and AHD!
Check out David’s video:
“The ride started shortly after 9am. Yes, it was still quite cold this morning! After Jean had been with me for two full days, it was time to pass the baton to David, who met us in Fennimore, WI at about 10:30. Gladly, he brought along Tom Rolfs from Delafield, who is an avid biker. It stayed cold for about another hour or so, then things warmed up. We jumped off the main road and encountered a quiet, parallel country road for about a 30-40 mile stretch. It was the best leg of the trip so far. The sites were beautiful, the weather warmer, and the company of Tom was very welcome!
A message from Mike…
Left Osage around 9 am. Again a cold morning with temps around 36, but the sun was shining which was great. Has a head wind all day which made it tricky but by afternoon the temp got up to 47! Thought I might have to break out my bathing suit! Fun, fast ride this afternoon, first real fun since leaving from Sioux Falls Friday morning. And finally ripping down the two mile 6% drop to the Mississippi River and across to Prairie du Chien and Wisconsin. Halfway there. Deo Gratias. Could not have done this without Jean who has been terrific for two days. Tomorrow look forward to hooking up with David and Tom and then on to Madison!
Check out Mike on the Sioux Falls news.
Made it to Osage. It was 39 degrees most of the day but luckily there was some sun… and Jean. Another great day.
Mike left this morning from Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, where friends and reporters took photos and videos. He successfully biked all 110 miles through cold, cold Iowa (it never got about 38 degrees). He made it safe and sound, is feeling great, and is in Estherville, IA. Tomorrow he bikes 110 more miles! $$ Raised to Date: $61,690
Please help one of our Board members accomplish his crazy idea to raise funds for Andean Health & Development called “630 in 6 for 63”.
Raised so far: $61,690
Our intrepid cyclist, Dr. Mike Heisler, will soon turn 63 and will be riding his bike 630 miles from Sioux Falls to Notre Dame the last week of October. It will take him 6 days and has a goal of raising $63,000.
Remainder to be raised: $1,310 to reach $63,000 goal
$13,310 to reach new $75,000 goal
If you are committed to AHD or like challenges or want to help with this adventure, please donate to AHD to help serve the poorest of the poor in Ecuador.
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