Cassie Schumacher's 3000 Mile Race Across America to Hold Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction to Benefit Warriors Journey Home
Wheels4Change Founder to Bicycle an Average of 300 Miles a Day
- Akron, OH (1888PressRelease) March 02, 2012 - Cassie Schumacher is doing something most people can't even image in an effort to raise awareness for Warriors Journey Home Ministry. She is riding a bicycle solo for 3,000 miles in the Race Across America and is dedicating her ride to a charitable veteran's organization that helps veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other veterans' issues.
The 3,000 mile race is 30% longer than the Tour De France and solo racers such as Cassie, take no rest days. It's an average of 300 miles per day.
Funds raised from the spaghetti dinner, auction and raffle will be used for the Warriors' Journey Home Ministry and to fund Schumacher's Race Across America.
"By riding my bicycle across the United States this June, I wanted to bring attention to the organizations who are helping veterans," explained Schumacher, who founded Wheels4Change.org. "As a child of a Vietnam veteran, I know how the effects of war on the members of a family. The after-effects of the Viet Nam war have severely altered my life and the lives of those significant others who are so very important to me and I feel that it is my responsibility as someone who has benefited from the sacrifices made by our soldiers to welcome them home and help them heal from the effects of war."
Prior to forming Wheels4Change.org, Schumacher received her Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Kent State University. Her biography is available online at www.Wheels4Change.org.
On September 19, 2010 she became the 4th woman from Ohio to ever qualify for Race Across America, RAAM, by racing 544 miles in the Adirondack with over 30,000 feet of climbing. She recently completed 650 miles of training in California before returning to Ohio to help lead the first annual Pedal For Heroes event on February 26 at 11 Northeast Ohio Fitness Centers. Pedal For Heroes helped to raise awareness and funds for local charitable veterans' organizations.
The March 10 fundraising event will be held at the First Congregational Church at 85 Heritage Drive in Tallmadge, Ohio. The silent auction will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and the spaghetti dinner has two seatings on March 10, one at 5 pm and the other at 6pm. Raffle prizes include a 32 inch LG Flat Panel LCD TV and monitor. Gold Star parents Denis and Shelia Nowacki, whose son Andy was killed by a road side bomb in 2005 while on active duty in the Middle East, will offer words of hope and recovery as the evening's keynote speakers. Music will be provided by the Stewart Freeman Jazz Band.
For tickets contact Jane Huffman at 330-633-9628 or the Congregational Church in Tallmadge at 330-633-4931.