Breaking News Bar
updated: 9/3/2012 10:04 AM

70-year-old bicyclist leaves Barrington to raise $1 million

Barrington bicyclist sets high goal for fundraiser

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Barrington resident Bob Lee, 70, talks bike helmet fashion with two boys at a send-off party for Lee Sunday, before he embarks on the last of a series of bicycle rides around the perimeter of the United States to raise money for cancer research, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), and hospice education.

       Barrington resident Bob Lee, 70, talks bike helmet fashion with two boys at a send-off party for Lee Sunday, before he embarks on the last of a series of bicycle rides around the perimeter of the United States to raise money for cancer research, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), and hospice education.
    Christian Gossin | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington resident Bob Lee, 70, chats with friends while kids ride around the parking lot Sunday before embarking on the a bike ride around the perimeter of the United States to raise money for cancer research, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), and hospice education.

       Barrington resident Bob Lee, 70, chats with friends while kids ride around the parking lot Sunday before embarking on the a bike ride around the perimeter of the United States to raise money for cancer research, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), and hospice education.
    Christian Gossin | Staff Photographer

  • Visitors sign their names on a large map of the Ride for 3 Reasons route at a send-off party Sunday for Barrington resident Bob Lee, 70. Lee is riding his bike around the perimeter of the United States to raise money for cancer research, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), and hospice education.

       Visitors sign their names on a large map of the Ride for 3 Reasons route at a send-off party Sunday for Barrington resident Bob Lee, 70. Lee is riding his bike around the perimeter of the United States to raise money for cancer research, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), and hospice education.
    Christian Gossin | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Barrington-area community gathered Sunday to wish their neighbor, 70-year-old bicyclist Bob Lee, bon voyage at a send-off party before his two month, 2,500-mile Ride for 3 Reasons along the West Coast.

The party was held at the Wool Street Bar & Sports Grill in downtown Barrington.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The ride will be Lee's third Ride for 3 Reasons -- benefiting agencies fighting ALS and cancer as well as those providing hospice services.

On Lee's first ride in 2001, he raised $86,000 by riding 3,254 miles from San Diego to Jacksonville, Fla. On the second ride in 2007, he netted $390,000 by riding 6,500 miles from Jacksonville to Maine and then to Washington state.

This time, his goal is $1 million.

While earlier "Pacesetter" fundraisers in the community have put up $610,000 if he makes the rest, Lee said he knows the challenge now is to get help from people who haven't donated yet.

"Moneywise, we've already exceeded the last ride, but we still have the tough part to go -- the last quarter million," Lee said.

Funds raised will go to the Les Turner ALS Foundation, American Cancer Society, National Hospice Foundation and Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois.

For more information about the cause or to donate, visit 3reasons.org, call (847) 381-6239 or email bob@3reasons.org.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.