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In 1997, Marie became aware of HD through meeting Carmen Leal, author of Faces of Huntington's, on the Christian Writer's Group list on the Internet. In June 1998, at Carmen's invitation, Marie attended the HDSA Convention in Denver, CO. After this experience, she was deeply touched. Her Christian faith required action; "...let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth" (1 John 3:18). Marie and Charlotte met through a mutual friend, and the trio rode across America together in 1999. Rockies to Plains is the ninth ride for HD; previous rides include two coast-to-coast rides (1999 and 2000), Border War on HD (Canada to Mexico), Ramble 'Round the Colonies, Trek Across Texas, Kick HD on Route 66 (Albuquerque NM St. Louis MO), Coastin' for HD (Wilmington DE - Atlanta GA), and Midwest Meander for HD. More than 15,000 miles have been accumulated through parts of 9 states and Washington, D.C. Our fundraising goal is $83,000 to bring the total to $400,000.

Sherri first joined Charolotte and Marie on the KATY Trail portion of the ride in 2004. She has a special reason to ride. Her 33 year old son tested positive for the HD gene in 2005. Sherri has completed the two day "STP Classic" from Seattle WA to Portland OR three times. She also rode the last 2/3 of the Midwest Meander in 2006. We welcome Sherri's participation again this year.

Sandy also has a special reason to ride. She comes from an HD family; her mother is in the later stages an in a nursing home, and her uncle and brother are affected. Nine other relatives are at-risk. Sandy tested negative in 2000. She has completed many long distance bicycle rides including those across Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa. In 2006, Sandy rode the first 3 1/2 days of the Midwest Meander; we welcome her as a full-time rider this year!

Charlotte Reicks
406 Ridges Blvd. No. 22
Grand Juntion, CO 81503
970.245.7491 charolettereicks@juno.com

Marie Nemec
3087 - A 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81503-9678
970.434.8323 bikenquilt@earthlink.net

Sandy Lozier
1015 Roundup Road
Elkhorn, NE 68022
402.289.3010 sandylozier@cox.net

Sherri Kole
1519 Alder Drive
Lewiston, ID 83501
208.746.8393 skole@lewiston.com

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