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Kennedy Donnelly  (raised $21,000+ for Pencils of Promise)

Thank you so much for the continuous support as I journeyed across America. A brief recap of my trip: I started on June 23rd in Seaside, Oregon. I biked 75-80 miles every day for 55 days, which brought me to New York City on August 15th. Along the way I endured rain, the Rocky Mountains, extreme heat in South Dakota, the cities of Madison and Chicago, the endless cornfields of Ontario, Canada, and the hills of New York. With lots of other states and stops in between.

I camped every night, until New York City where I stayed in a luxurious hotel. When camping the group and I were looking for two things, a patch of grass and water. As long as we had those two things we were happy! We liked to sleep next to grocery stores for the convenience of food. We also liked to meet locals who would typically offer their backyards to us. The best place we stayed was with a family in Dorchester, Ontario. They let us sleep in their backyard, make dinner in their house, and swim in their pool. They also gave me a gift card to Tim Horton's which I became obsessed with.

The entire experience was truly life changing. I have grown up a lot. I learned how to camp and fix a bike. I also learned how to push myself way past what I thought was my limit. Every day I had to get on my bike and bike to the next location. It didn't matter if I was tired or sore, I had to keep going. When things got tough, I cried, and then thought about all the kids I am helping, and proceeded biking. If it weren't for my goal of building a school with Pencils of Promise, I honestly don't know if I would have made it across America. Knowing that I was going to build a school kept me pushing through all the hard times.

Please visit my blog for more details on my trip! I will be entering some of my journal entries this upcoming week! Keep donating and passing my story onto friends. Check out the two videos above as well.

Thank you for your support. It was all my friends and families’ support that helped me overcome the Impossible.

http://fundraise.pencilsofpromise.org/fundraise?fcid=146315

http://www.teenvogue.com/my-life/giving-back/2012-08/kennedy-donnelly-pencils-of-promise/?intro

http://www.seventeen.com/health/fitness/kennedy-donnelly-pencils-of-promise


Cycle for a Reason empowers teens to raise money for non-profit organizations through adventure travel.

Cycle for a Reason, 396 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY  14201   716.566.7908    email us at: fundraise@cycleforareason.org

Have you ever had a wish you really wanted to come true?

Hi! My name is Jenna Hill and I am 16 years old. I am a sophomore at Camden Hills Regional High School. I live in Rockport,  a quaint little town in Mid-coast Maine. I am an avid cyclist, I am active in the theater, and I  enjoy vintage clothing, politics, and needle felting.

   For the past few years, biking has been a big part of my life. This year I am ready to take on something really big - a charity ride across the United States.

The ride will begin near the misty beaches of Oregon – climbing and descending  the Rocky Mountains , riding along through wooded forests, amber waves of grain, endless cow pastures, and barren plains - literally from sea to shining sea. The ride will take me through Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and along the Great Lakes to Niagara Falls. In the final leg of the trip we will follow the Erie Canal bike route across NY to the Hudson River and a short 150 miles to New York City.  From start to finish, the trip will take me 3800 miles, but the real journey will take me so much farther.

This will be an adventure for me, but more importantly, this ride will give all of us the opportunity to do something amazing -  to bring a wish to a special child with a life-threatening illness. So, needless to say, I will not be riding alone.  I will have that special person on my mind each and every day along with each and every one of you who have given so generously to me and my dream.  

Jenna Hill, 2011 (raised $6,000+ for Make a Wish)

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