Melissa volunteered at the top of Jubilee Pass which is the turnaround point for the 2010 DV Ride to Cure Diabetes. In 2011 she participated as a rider in Death Valley and since then has completed 11 Rides at four locations; Death Valley Ca, Tucson Az, La Crosse Wi, Amelia Island Fl. and Saratoga Springs NY
She has successfully faced the challenges that Type One Rider's need to overcome in managing their blood glucose levels during long endurance cycling events... and has done so with a smile on her face at all times - as she encourages other riders to do the same.
At the 2016 Amelia Island Ride. Melissa was selected to receive the JDRF Spirit Jersey for exemplifying the "Spirit" of the ride. She also serves on the Hudson Valley JDRF One Walk committee..
Dad converted (from running marathons) to cycling in 2002 to ride with Chad as "Team Chad and Dad" at Death Valley. He fell in love with the event and the passion of that all the riders have for this cause. He has completed 22 Rides to Cure Diabetes... including the Death Valley venue (11 times) and Killington Vt, Tucson Az, LaCrosse Wi (3 times), Burlington Vt, Amelia Island Fl(2 times) and Saratoga Springs NY (3 times).
At the 2015 La Crosse Ride, he was honored by being given the event's "Promise" Jersey.
In 2016, he became a certified USAC Cycling Coach in order to provied support for chapter training rides and assisting riders the day of the events. He has coached at Burlington, Amelia Island, La Crosse and Satatoga Springs and Death Valley.
Charlie will be completing his 23rd ride by participating in the Death Valley Ride (Ca.) in October; his 12th DV Ride.