By Ruchelle Buenaventura
Mathew Fisher will be cycling 200 miles this Thursday, June 29th to spread Epilepsy Awareness, starting at 5:30 AM! With this ride, he hopes to bring awareness, educate, and raise funds for people struggling with epilepsy and in need of a seizure dog.
Why is he doing this?
On June 25, 2005, Fisher had major heart attack and wants to cherish every day that he is alive. He says,
"it is 70 and sunny in RVA and this is my way to cherish the fact that I am still walking on this earth"
Why not live life to the fullest? Fisher has prepared a mammoth ride of 200 miles and invites all of his friends, family, and supporters to join him on his quest.
The money he is raising is dedicated to funding for seizure dogs.
Seizure dogs are trained to care for a person who has a seizure by informing family members, using their bodies as a barrier in the fall, or even activate pre-programmed alarms. They not only provide protection and companionship, but also allow for people with epilepsy to live life with more freedom.
However, these dogs are expensive to train with estimated costs between $7,000 and $50,000.
This is a big expense for people with epilepsy, especially with the addition of hospital bills, costly medications, and more. These dogs are professionally trained by organizations like Service Dogs of Virginia. Fisher wants to serve families by raising funds for EFVA (Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia), which provides helpful grants to families for seizure dogs.
Here are a few ways to support:
1. Ride with him on June 29th
His route will start at 5:30 AM.
- Milestone Clubhouse in Atlee area
- mile 0 - 5:30am
- Grill and Chill Gas Station at exit 214 on 64E
- mile 40 - 7:45am
- Sunoco Gas Station in Hopewell
- mile 64.2 - 9am
- Cedar Heart Market
- mile 88.6 - 10:30am
- Country Quick Stop at 162 and 155
- mile 119 - 12:30pm
- County Seat in Powhatan
- mile 139 - 2:00 - 2:45
- Goochland Courthouse Market
- mile 154 - 3:45
- Midnight Brewery
- mile 175 - 5pm - 5:45pm
- Stanley Store (Mountain and Ashland Rd)
- mile 189 - 6:45pm
Contact him and he would love to work with you on a meet up time along his route!
Disclaimer: These are all estimates of times and subject to change
2. Sign up and ride for Tour de Midnight on 10/24/17
It doesn't start at Midnight, but it starts at Midnight Brewery! This ride benefits EFVA that supports people with epilepsy in many ways. Sign up here.
Participants will be invited to enjoy the hospitality of Midnight Brewery after their ride. Enjoy good music, excellent craft beer (in a custom pint glass that all participants will get in their goodie bag), and great company. There will also be food trucks for everyone to enjoy.
3. Donate to EFVA
In addition to other services, EFVA raises money to provide grants for people getting seizure dogs.