Sara and John Aierstuck

C2C4Charlie Gear Up for Epilepsy

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Thank you for supporting our C2C4Charlie bicyling team from Anacortes, WA to Boston, MA.  We are on this ride with hearts full of love and in the memory of Charlie Read, our neighbor we knew as an adorable baby growing into a fine young man of 16. Charlie had his light-filled life cut short on August 15, 2016 from SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death Due to Epilepsy). Charlie had just spent a week during July in W. VA with us on a church youth trip. He worked very  hard in the hot sun all week to make a home warmer and drier for an elderly woman. On  the last night of the trip, in front of 80 people, he articulately and profoundly expressed his joy at being able to help her.   Charlie was  someone who wanted to do what he could to make the world better for others.

Charlie was supposed to be on this long-planned cycling trip acrosss the USA and it was, at first, unthinkable the trip would go on without him. After several months, Charlie's  parents, Clif and Arleen Read, had the idea to make cycling cross country a fund-raising opportunity for the SUDEP Institue, part of the Epilepsy Foundation.  We now see this C2C4Charlie  trip as a way to help Charlie continue to make the world better for others. 

We will cycle around 3800 miles this summer, following a Northern Route from Anacortes, WA to Boston, MA. Donations to our team’s efforts will go to support the SUDEP Institute of the Epilepsy Foundation, which

  • Carries out SUDEP Education and Awareness programs for people touched by epilepsy and for medical professionals.
  • Drives and supports research into the causes of and ways to prevent SUDEP.
  • Offers a support network providing counseling, community, and resources for individuals and families affected by SUDEP.
  • Works together with many epilepsy organizations to find the answers to SUDEP and help families with epilepsy

Your donation is very appreciated and you can support our ride in other ways:

1) Pray for us to have a safe ride; that will mean a lot to us.

2) Follow our Facebook page (C2C4Charlie) or

3) Blog for regular updates about our progress, and

4) Sign up to be a "virtual athlete" on our team page at Gear Up for Epilepsy and include your summer runs, walks, swims, or bike rides as part of our team totals. 

We appreciate all your support in whatever we you are able to help!, Sara and John








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