Paul Dorr and Clint Valentine made a stop in Meridian yesterday before continuing on their 6 month, 5,000 mile biking trip for breast cancer research and awareness.
-Jennifer Jacob Brown
MERIDIAN:: Paul Dorr has cycled long distances before, but this is the first time he’s done it to raise money for a cause.
Dorr and Clint Valentine passed through Meridian Tuesday as part of a six month, 5,000 mile biking trip from Rockland, Maine to San Diego that they are undergoing, not just for adventure, but to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and to raise breast cancer awareness.
Calling themselves “Team Bowditch”, Dorr and Valentine have been biking since October 25th, and talking about breast cancer everywhere they go along the way.
“Other than people who are directly affected by (breast cancer), I don’t think most are necessarily aware of just how widespread it is,” said Dorr, who lost his mother to breast cancer 15 years ago. “We meet someone who has been affected by breast cancer every day.”
Meeting people, Dorr and Valentine agreed, has been the highlight of their trip.
“People we meet on the road have been very hospitable and nice,” said Valentine.
“The generosity, whether it’s just people giving us a thumbs up or stopping and talking with us, or people who have opened their homes to us… These memories are the ones we will keep the longest,” said Dorr.
Valentine and Dorr are trying to raise $20,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and so far have reached about one fifth of their goal. To donate to the cause, visit Team Bowditch at www.teambowditch.com, where you will find a link to their donation page at the Susan G. Komen Web site.
They said donations are tax deductible and are made directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. You can also visit www.teambowditch.com to learn more about what Dorr and Valentine are doing and to donate money for food.
The Meridian Star, Meridian, Mississippi, January 27th, 2010