Fat Man Rides a Bike to Help Orphans & Troubled Teens

This Friday night (Sept 3, 2010) I’m riding a bicycle 100 kilometers across the southern Arizona desert from Tucson to Casa Grand – that’s around 63 miles for the metric-ally challenged :)

First Question

When I tell my friends this, their first question is
“Why in the world is this 260lb fat boy going to get on a bike and subject himself to the grueling 63 mile trek across the southern Arizona desert in this blistering summer heat?!?”

The answer is…
“I’m raising money for a couple of great programs” – check it out


  • Tupelo Children’s Mansion (orphanage & teen crisis center)
  • Lighthouse Ranch for Boys (teen recovery house)
  • Spirit of Freedom Ministries (substance abuse recovery program)
  • see more details on each program below

Second Question

Usually the second question is
“So… why are you telling me about this insane bike ride..?”

The answer is…
“I need some help – I’m looking for sponsors.”


I have a number of sponsors, but I’d really like to raise some more in this final week before the trek.

I’ll do all the hard work – riding 63 miles across the southern Arizona desert – all you need to do is make a donation (any donation is welcome and appreciated) and cheer me on!

Third Question

The next question is usually…
“How much, and where do I signup!”

The answer is…
“Any amount, and you can sign up right here!”


I’ve received sponsors from $1 to $150 – any amount is VERY MUCH appreciated!

Cheer Me on!

I’ll be checking in on Twitter & Facebook every 10 miles so you can track my progress, cheer me on, mock me etc  – I look forward to the interaction :)

More about the programs

These are some great programs that I really believe in and am proud to be a supporter of.

Tupelo Children’s Mansion

The dissolution of the traditional family has resulted in the shattering of many young lives. With many young people subject to the problems that a broken home produces, the Mansion provides a place of solace for those who have been abandoned and abused. For more information about Tupelo Children’s Mansion, please visit www.mansionkids.org.

Lighthouse Ranch for Boys

The purpose of Lighthouse Ranch is to heal the broken lives of young men. With love and care Lighthouse Ranch has helped steer troubled young men toward living responsible and mature lives. Visit www.lighthouseranch.com for more information.

Spirit of Freedom Ministries

This ministry is a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to reaching the chemically dependent and their families with the answer to their alcohol or drug-related problems, offering materials and toll-free phone lines to assist men, women, and children across North America who desire help. Log on to www.sofm.org for more information about the ways this ministry helps rescue families from the damaging effects of chemical dependency.

1 Comment

  1. Your intentions are very inspiring! It’s great to have people willing to do anything for a good cause. I’m sure a lot of troubled teens will benefit from your efforts. I hope you’ll gather lots of sponsors who are willing to support your cause. Goodluck and God bless!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>