|A – E||F – K||L – P||R – Z|
|Bruce Fournier||Henry Downes||Mark Valesey|
|Crystal Anderson||Martha Dysart|
Henry Downes, 23
2017 Bike Adventure Trip Leader
Returning 2015 and 2016 Fuller Center Cyclist
Fundraising Goal: $750
Riding across the country with FCBA in 2016 was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was a graduate student when I began in Seattle, but had decided to become a volunteer with the Fuller Center by the time we finished in Washington, D.C.! I honestly couldn’t pull myself away from the wonderful mission and community that had been such an integral part of my summer experience.
Now, I want to contribute in some meaningful way to helping people have that same experience for themselves. So…here I am, back for more! I’ll be leading the first-ever Dirt to D.C. ride, which is sure to be a beautiful route, with lots of good people and a BIG fundraising impact. It’s easy to see why I’m thankful every morning that I get to do this for a living!
This will be my first ride with The Fuller Center, and I couldn’t be happier to have an opportunity to fundraise, ride, and build with those similarly interested in service and biking.
I grew up in a beautiful area of Virginia, and one of my greatest joys was riding my bike. Other than those early experiences and riding as one duty of college employment, I have not been a consistently active rider. I’m just now getting back into riding, and pairing that with fundraising and service in support of The Fuller Center is really a delightful scenario.
I will be one of the first riders to participate in the “new for 2017” Dirt to D.C. ride. The ride will be in September 2017, giving me adequate time to prepare, fundraise, and perhaps even persuade others to join.
In addition to supporting The Fuller Center’s mission, I hope to meet great people and, with any luck, be a bit of a pioneer for friends and family to join a future ride.
I`ll be 66 when the ride takes place. My wife says that I am retired, sort of …..
It’s time to ride the dirt from PA to DC. This should be a great week of riding through the mountains. I’m looking forward to meeting the daring souls who venture off the asphalt and concrete with the FCBA. OYEE!
In 2011, I signed up to be a whole way rider for the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure summer ride from Seattle, Washington to Washington, D.C. It was, and remains, one of the best summers of my life. I met some amazing people both on the ride and along the way. I was presented with the opportunity to speak about the mission of the Fuller Center, to work with my hands, and help raise money for poverty housing. As I finish up my last year of graduate school I look forward to riding with the Fuller Center again. It will be a joy to help others in need, make new friends and experience the journey that comes with riding with people who are truly committed to helping make the world better for others.
I have recently participated in two Fuller Center Trips to Haiti and one to Nicaragua. I am planning another building trip to Haiti in 2017.
In 2014 I rode the Spring Ride on the Natchez Trace Parkway. I also did a Global Village build in Haiti and volunteered with Midwives for Haiti.