Monday, August 2, 2010

Pedaling 4,300 Miles to Honor a Parishioner


In March, I wrote about a tribute bike ride for Jim Donnery, one of Guinan's most loyal parishioners and the inspiration for the title of the book "Little Chapel on the River." When Jim was diagnosed last year with prostate cancer, one of his dearest friends, Frank Hanes, began training to cycle 4,300 miles across the United States to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Frank recently completed his fantastic journey. He kept this inspiring blog along the way.

Jim Donnery writes:

"To all of you who were thinking of me, and praying for me, and made a generous donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, I am grateful from the bottom of my heart. Our friend Frank Hanes (of the Inn at Manchester) has completed his monumental journey across the northern section of our country and has raised almost $22000 by last count. Here are a few pictures of his triumphant finish, with his wife, children and friends."


Photos courtesy of Jim Donnery and Frank Hanes. Top and middle photo: Jim Donnery & Frank Hanes. Bottom photo: A triumphant Frank Hanes in Maine with family and friends upon finishing his ride.