Ride Allegheny '21

The Ride of Your Life

$722,668

3.6k supporters

$685,000 goal

Team Member

Ryan Wessling

$9,100

by 71 supporters

$9,000 goal

29 August, 2021

On September 30th I will embark on my 6th Ride Allegheny charity bicycle ride, departing Pittsburgh, PA and riding 310 miles over 4 days to Gaithersburg, MD to raise money for Operation Second Chance (OSC).  This outstanding charity organization provides critical support services to our service men and women and their families who have sacrificed so much to protect the liberties we enjoy every day.

To say this past year has been challenging for us all is an understatement.  For my family, the Covid 19 pandemic has tested us in ways we never would have imagined.  I must be honest; it’s been very hard for me to get motivated about Ride Allegheny this year with all that’s been going on.  So much has changed in our world and I’ve found myself questioning if I wanted to commit to it again.  Hell, I’ve been questioning a lot of things.  When I reflect on this past year however, I’m reminded that although things were tough, we are extremely fortunate.  Things could have been much worse.

As recent events have shown in Afghanistan, our service members still face dangers, still sacrifice, and still pay a heavy toll to ensure our liberties.  When I think about what these brave men and women do for all of us every day, and what they have been sacrificing for not just during pandemic times, but all the time, I am humbled and admittedly ashamed I haven’t gotten off my ass to get going for Ride Allegheny.  This changes today.  Once again, as in years past, I ask for your support.  Please consider a donation of any size or amount in support of OSC by supporting me.  $.90 of every dollar you donate will help OSC provide critical support services to our heroes and their families.  Services such as financial assistance, furbishing prosthetics, retreats, and so much more, are examples of what OSC provides.

I’ve got some work to do, and I need your help!

Please consider a donation by clicking the Donate Now! button at the top-right of the page.

Thank you,

Ryan

Team Members

Ryan Wessling

$9,100

71 supporters

Mike Locraft

$35,980

105 supporters

John Mahoney

$14,117

168 supporters

Larry Stovicek

$40,550

58 supporters

Rob Dallen

$36,110

60 supporters

Kelly Grossberg

$10,755

150 supporters

Mark Shell

$27,608

43 supporters

Carey Riel

$22,975

48 supporters

Colin Thomas

$45,775

24 supporters

Curran Johnson

$15,720

61 supporters

Joe Duffy

$14,200

50 supporters

Chris Marsh

$14,707

46 supporters

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The Beginning

Ride Allegheny was founded in 2001 by Clark Wagner, who was joined by five neighborhood friends completing a chilly mid-October bicycling adventure from Pittsburgh to Gaithersburg following a delayed launch due to 9/11. We knew at that point in time we started something special from both a challenge and camaraderie perspective.

Partnership Formed

In March 2005 we had the good fortune to meet Cindy McGrew and hear about the important work she was doing for injured Soldiers and Marines recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC. Her passion and dedication were infectious and we quickly decided that our ride could play a meaningful role in young heroes’ lives. The rest is history, based on our commitment to raise money Cindy formed Operation Second Chance a non-profit 501 (c) 3 status organization dedicated to helping injured Soldiers and Marines transition back to active duty or civilian life.

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