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Biking With Big Hearts

Monday, August 30, 2021

By Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN

Whose words are better to lead off this post than Dr. Seuss? No one, I dare say. So many of his books are treasured favorites among children and adults alike. What is perhaps unexpected are the many life lessons found in his rhymes. I will share one such phrase that has become one of my favorites: “You’ll never be bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do!”

It was this time last year when my family got the idea to have a bike ride fundraiser in honor of Jerry. You might remember a blog last year highlighting the journey of our family, Jerry’s hospitalization, and his passing. When we started to explore this event last year, we all knew we wanted to help support the Adult Congenital Heart Association, an organization Jerry believed in deeply, with our efforts.

Dealing with the pandemic during our first year was challenging, but we carried on with the memory of Jerry and his love for biking leading the way. We were able to raise more than $7,000. There really are no limits to what you can do when you work together on a project we all believe in!

So, on to this year and the 2nd Annual Jerry’s Jamboree. The event will be held on October 2 at the Sakatah State Trail in Mankato, MN. Click here for more information and to register.

This year, we are striving for an in-person event where we can share in the camaraderie of the event and exchange stories of Jerry—while pedaling and raising money for this great organization. If you are anywhere in the Minnesota area and would like to join us, of course we would welcome you.

Otherwise, we encourage those from out of state to join in virtually. As Dr. Seuss would say, “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

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