Elk Grove CEO back in the saddle for charity ride
Chip Miceli, president and CEO of Des Plaines Office Equipment in Elk Grove Village, bought a three-wheeler. Not a tricycle for a kid. A three-wheeled motorcycle for a cross-country ride.
It's not just any ride either. It's a fundraising trek from here to Washington, D.C. for the Jillian Ride/Rolling Thunder Ride for Charity starting May 29.
It will be the first time since he was 22 that Miceli rode on a Harley Davidson. This time, he will have a new Slingshot by Polaris motorcycle, said Miceli, now 62.
"We'll be joining thousands of others riding into D.C.," Miceli said. "It's going to be one noisy operation."
In February, he attended an event in Arizona where the Jillian organization showed attendees the results of their fundraising and they encouraged Miceli to participate.
The Jillian Fund was named after Jillian Lauren Gorman, who was 16 when she was diagnosed in 2009 with a blood cancer that had a life expectancy of about five years. After countless treatments, tests, and hospital stays, she died in 2013. The fund provides assistance and support so parents can stay with children and not worry about being away from work and losing money.
During the trip to D.C., Miceli won't be alone. He'll be joined by his son, Paul Miceli, 38, and they will take turns driving the 2,000-mile route.
"It will be the two of us for 14 hours and we plan to make it to D.C. in maybe one day and then take two days to come back," Chip Miceli said.
They likely will leave around midnight the day before Memorial Day to avoid heavy traffic.
Miceli also said they won't pack much for the journey and just take rest stops, fuel up and grab water or juice.
A group leaving Arizona will catch up to them and they all plan to meet in Virginia before they continue the last stretch to D.C., he said.
He's already reached his fundraising goal of $100,000 and more donations have been coming in, he said.
"I was a Boy Scout leader before, and we took some small trips or went back packing, but this is a first. I have not taken a trip like this before," he said.
For more information go to www.thejillianfund.org.
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