By: Marc McMahon
I made a pretty bold move earlier this week when I put an idea that I had into action. You see last time I was mountain biking I was talking with a friend and I said you know how cool would it be to be able to take people mountain biking that wanted to go but couldn’t afford to spend $400 on a bike that will endure it. So I thought why don’t I start a group that has a couple quality bikes that could be used by others who cant afford them while I take them on free, guided bike trips to the mountains.
I thought how cool would it be to take people who are trying to change their lives for the better up to the mountains for a day of riding and just to have the experience only being in what I call Gods country can offer. I know for myself I wanted to go mountain biking for the past year but just couldn’t afford a bike to go and you cant just buy a cheap bike for what I do, it needs to be a quality mountain machine and they are not cheap. So after I got mine and spent some time up there I thought how selfish of me would it be to keep all of this goodness to myself, ya know, hence my idea to start this group called “Recovery Riders.”
To be able to let people get out and be active in some fresh air and tranquility. To show them somebody cares and loves them. To show them that although the past may not have been much fun that the future can be. With that, I am able to share, encourage, and support them in any way I can as well. It’s just a win, win, situation for everyone I think. There is just one mighty obstacle to making this dream a reality. The almighty dollar.
I thought to myself when I came home last Monday night how can I come up with the money to buy a couple bikes and make this happen? If I had the money myself I would just buy them out of my own pocket but on my disability income that’s not possible. So I thought I would turn to social media and start a Facebook Fundraiser to try and raise enough money to do this.
So the following morning I woke up, stepped way outside my comfort zone and created a fundraiser for this cause. I had no idea really but fundraising is hard and very awkward for me. I mean to ask folks for money even if for a grand cause just has never been my thing but I thought this could benefit many, for years to come and who knows the impact it could have on one struggling individuals life. A single trip to the mountains for a stress-free ride can work miracles for folks. So I thought this cause was worthy of me being uncomfortable so I did it.
I guess this post is my way of explaining why I am doing this and to share a link to my fundraiser page in case this cause tugs at your heartstrings enough to cause you to want to contribute. I want to thank you all so much for your support of me and my blog and all of the love you send my way, for that, I love you all more than you know. Stay blessed my friends. Link to the fundraiser is below and all donations are completely tax- deductible 🙂 thank you.
About The Author: Marc is a 49-year-old Author, Speaker, and Soldier in a war to loosen the grasp that Substance Abuse has on our society. He is a Father, Son, and friend to all those seeking refuge from this incorrigible disease. Marc resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where he enjoys, writing, hiking, and kicking the disease of addiction in the teeth, every chance he gets. As Marc always likes to say, “be blessed, my friends!”