‘I am, I can, I will, I do.’ Massachusetts man cycles through Connecticut raising money for natural disaster victims
A Massachusetts man is cycling his way through Connecticut to raise money for families affected by natural disasters.
Jim Feeney stopped at a hotel in Milford Wednesday to rest before he hits the road again Thursday toward New York City.
Feeney is about 75% finished with his bike ride across the perimeter of the United States, the second time he has done this.
This ride began in April, starting in New Orleans and is set to finish in about a month.
It all benefits SBPerimeter, a nonprofit that aids families impacted by disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.
So far, Feeney has raised $204,000, with a goal of $300,000. He says that would help 10 families, with this round of funding benefiting flood victims in Vermont.
Feeney says his toughest times cannot compare to the families he's helping.
"Imagine you wake up one day and your home is gone, and you don't know the journey in front of you, and you don't know how long it takes, and you don't know when it's going to be completed. It could be six months, it could be four years. I know what's in front of me. So, when I bike and it gets hard, I realize that there's other people that it's a lot harder (for). That's what keeps me going," Feeney says.
The advice that keeps him going came from his Peloton instructor.
“Christine D’Ercole, this is her motto and mantra: ‘I am, I can, I will, I do.’” Feeney said. “All the folks that follow her have helped me throughout the ride. If you're alone on the bike for long periods of time, you kind of go a little stir-crazy, so it's nice to find out their story and why they want to join.”
Feeney is set to leave for New York City at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Anyone is welcome to come along for the ride and to donate.