1,000 Miles for Kids
The Atlantic Coast
Dan, with his two friends, bicycled over 1,000 miles down the Atlantic coast in order to raise $10,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Children’s Miracle Network, an international non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues. In addition to fundraising, Dan also wished to combine his passions for writing, travelling, and the outdoors, using this experience as inspiration for a short story.
He readily admits that his travels were challenging; riding 60 to 90 miles a day in 100-degree weather tested his physical and mental strength, his friendships, and his writing. However, he overcame these challenges by learning how to effectively communicate through social media and by creating personal connections with strangers.
The Transitions Fellowship allowed him to pursue this experience, and Dan found that “interpersonal relationships, time management, and the ability to work through challenges were all assets [he] developed more fully on the bike ride…” Dan also believes that with the skills that he gained from his Transitions Fellowship project, he was able to acquire his current job as a Strategic Planning Fellow at Colorado College’s President’s Office.