Friday, June 17, 2011

Fwd: Ballou Skies Charity Ride - July 9th @ Noon

From: Joe Vallese

Family and Friends -

I wanted to pass along some important information on an upcoming
charity bike ride that that we are currently organizing for July
9th beginning at noon.

If you are not already
aware, for the 2011 triathlon season, I'm not only racing for
myself, but for Ryan Ballou and others that have been afflicted
with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  Since
birth, Ryan has been afflicted with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
(DMD), a degenerative muscle disorder that affects all muscles
within the body. There are over 40 different variations with this
type of muscular dystrophy which only affects boys.  It is
sometimes a challenge for Ryan and he always seems to pull
together and deal with whatever test is put in front of him from
this disorder. However, we feel that it should not stop there. Not
only can those afflicted deal with the disease, but together we
can also combat this disease by spreading awareness.  For more
information on the cause, please visit

So if you're free on July 9th, come out for a good time and a good
workout!  This will be our teams second charity ride and the first
ride raised $5000 dollars!   Hopefully we can raise more with this
second ride. This is also a ride for all abilities so dust off the
old Schwinn and come on out for a nice relaxing afternoon ride!

Even if you do not ride a bicycle or the mileage is a little
daunting,  you can still join us afterward for lunch and
refreshments. We are looking for as many riders as possible and
our goal is to get 50-100 riders in total.   Please forward this
email and please let others who may be interested know about this
event.  It will be a nice day filled with fun, friends, and good

We have two ride courses. A 25 mile course and a more challenging
50 mile course.

50 mile course route -
25 mile course route -

Old Economy Cafe
1198 Merchant Street
Ambridge, PA

We will raise funds by asking those attending to make a $25.00
donation to BallouSkies.  You can also help support Ballou Skies
by picking up a container of Ballou Skies Peanut Butter that can
be found at most Giant Eagle Stores through out the Greater
Pittsburgh area.

PS - Even if you cannot make it out to the event, you can always
donate to the Ballou Skies Chairity through the website or by making out a check to "Ballou
Skies".  If you'd like to send a check, you can send it (made out
to Ballou Skies...not me) to 148b Foxwood rd Coraopolis PA 15108
and I will make sure it gets in the right hands.

Thanks again for all of your continued support!

Shoeless Joe!


Mark Rauterkus
412 298 3432 = cell

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