Cyclist Raises Over $19,000 for California Nonprofit Called The Painted Turtle
Published : Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 9:59 AM
Cycling the entire length of the Western United States, fundraiser (and Pasadenan) Colin Hanock wrapped up his one-month bike ride from Vancouver, British Columbia to San Diego Thursday afternoon about 2 p.m.
Traveling two-thousand-miles, Hanock started his solo ride on March 4th to raise awareness and $20,000 for a charity called The Painted Turtle (www.thepaintedturtle.org). A native of Pasadena, Hanock has received overwhelming support from family, friends, and strangers. All proceeds he has raised will help send children with serious medical conditions and their families to The Painted Turtle camp.
A member of the Serious Fun Children’s Network, an international family of camps founded by Paul Newman, The Painted Turtle empowers children with life-threatening illnesses to gain independence and build a community where they are not alone. Since 2004, The Painted Turtle has provided year-round, life-changing experiences for over 53,000 children and their families. With the support of donors and fundraisers like Hanock, campers and families always attend free of charge.
“Since first volunteering at The Painted Turtle as a counselor in 2015, I’ve donated over 3,000 hours of my time with a personal goal of empowering campers to feel comfortable in their own skin and let silliness radiate out of their soul,” says Hanock. “Camp changes these children’s lives and has even inspired me to live more fully. That’s why I’ve decided to challenge myself to create awareness about this magical place and help ensure kids and their families can continue to go there for free.”
The only medical camp of its kind in California, The Painted Turtle serves over 90 different medical illnesses for children. The organization’s year-round, state-wide programming strives to give kids the opportunity to celebrate the simple joys of childhood outside of the hospital. With a cost of $2,500 per child to attend a week-long Summer session, Hanock’s $20,000 will send eight children to camp.
“To see Colin take on this enormous physical and mental challenge is just incredible,” says Chris Butler, CEO of The Painted Turtle. “He is an extraordinary person and exemplifies the positivity of Camp. We are so grateful for his amazing support and can’t wait to celebrate his immense achievement with him later today.”
Hanock will end his ride between 2pm-3pm in San Diego’s Border Field State Park, located at 1271 Monument Road. For more information, please contact Jessica Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-795-6211.
To learn more about why Hanock is fundraising for Camp, view his video: https://vimeo.com/266585838.