MARANA, AZ. (April 4, 2012) – Riding across America in 45 days is a lofty goal, especially when the bicycle ride is being accomplished by one cyclist, hoping to bring awareness and raise funds for an organization she has supported for years. Born and raised in Sycamore, IL., Alex Denig is the youngest of three children. She first became involved with Camp To Belong in 2005 when a high school teacher spoke to her Interact Club about the organization. “I remember thinking what I’d do if my brother or sister was taken away from me and I came up blank,” states Denig. “I wouldn’t be “me” without them, so I decided to get involved.”
A few months after she was introduced to Camp To Belong, Denig participated in a year-long Rotary Youth Exchange in Denmark. This was her first time being apart from her siblings and the experience hit home. “The year I spent abroad taught me what it was like to have to live with only an occasional email from my siblings. I was lost without them, and that was when I began to think of a new way to help Camp To Belong,” shares Denig.
Camp To Belong is an international organization dedicated to reuniting siblings placed in separate foster homes for events of fun, emotional empowerment and sibling connection during a week-long summer camp experience. Denig hopes to both raise $20,000 to send youth to camp and spotlight the importance of building a camp in every state.
Her Bike to Reunite begins July 2, 2012 in San Francisco and ends in Bar Harbor, Maine. Other states she will be riding through include Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. During the final leg of her journey, Alex will then visit Camp To Belong’s along the east coast where she will get to meet some of the siblings involved in the program including:
Camp Site: Camp Wigwam, Waterford, ME
August 14-19, 2012
Camp Site: Camp Taconic, Hinsdale, MA
August 20-25, 2012
Camp Site: Camp Chingachook, Lake George, NY
August 25-30, 2012
“Camp To Belong is thrilled to have such a dedicated donor,” shares Executive Director Sherry Brock. “Alex and her siblings embody what we are all about. Camp To Belong and our siblings are honored to have such spirit and enthusiasm as an additional gift from Alex!”
To learn more about Alex’s Ride to Reunite in support of Camp To Belong, please visit www.biketoreunite.com or www.camptobelong.org where you can follow her progress online on Twitter and Facebook, read her daily blog and support her ride. For each $10 or more donation, a “Bike to Reunite” bracelet will be sent as a thank you.