Cross-country bicycle ride for wounded warriors

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by Alice Kleinpeter

azfamily.com

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 4:20 PM

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- Alex LaVoie has been hitting the pavement for nearly two months and when he made it to Arizona he was only about halfway through a journey he was making on his bicycle across the United States.

LaVoie is doing more than just taking an adventure through the country, though. His goal is to raise $100,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

“I wanted to do something for the warriors,” said Alex. “This is my way of doing it.”

His wife has been behind his decision from the very start and follows him in their RV.

“If he’s going to be riding he may as well ride for a reason,” she said.

Neither Helen nor Alex was in the military, but the Wounded Warrior Project meant a lot to them both.

“We lived in Las Vegas for 16 years and we lived about a half mile south of Nellis Air Force Base,” said Helen. “We have a lot of military friends there and we really felt that this was an organization that needed to get out there we needed to make more awareness of what they do for our military service and this is our way of saying thank you.”

They started in St. Augustine, Florida and will end in Seattle, Washington. The trip is expected to take about four months for Alex who says he bikes 50 to 60 miles each day, but added, “I’ve done up to 78.”

Throughout their journey, Helen will be interviewing and photographing wounded military personnel that are willing to share their story. They hope to turn this ride and the stories into a book.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 to serve veteran's and service members who were wounded on or after the Sept. 11.

You can support Alex and his wife by donating money or joining him on his bike ride. For more information visit www.joinalex.com.
 

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