About Lea's Foundation

In 1998, Lea Michele Economos, a young woman who died of leukemia at the age of 28, made a dying wish to her parents that others would not face the hardships she encountered by finding a cure for this disease. Her family started this charity to carry on that wish. Today, Lea’s Foundation takes an active role in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma and to better the lives of people living with these diseases. At the UCONN Health Center, the Lea’s Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders sponsors research in this field. A new program covers the cost of bone-marrow testing to help recruit life-saving transplants for patients. Also, annual scholarships are given to children with leukemia who are planning to attend nursery school. For more information on other projects carried out by Lea’s Foundation, please visit their website at www.LeasFoundation.org.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Day 12 - Bly, OR to Lakeview, OR (39 miles)

Remaining hidden from the Forest Rangers all night, we awoke and got ready for the short ride ahead of us.
Seeing an Oregon Forestry truck we quickly hid our contraband (tent). They left, but soon after, two rangers drove past our camp as we emerged from the bushes with our fully-laden bikes. They paid us little notice and we headed back down Highway 140 towards Lakeview.
We started with the biggest climb of the Klamath-Lakeview Highway. Reaching the summit we saw the forest road to the official campsites. This reassured us that we had made the right decision of not heading to the "real" campgrounds.
After a long descent we reentered ranching land and rolling hills. Unfortunately we encountered our first Oregon headwind (about 10mph).

Four hours after leaving the Sprague River Picnic Area we reached Lakeview, OR on the edge of the Oregon desert. First stop? Subway, to eat our first true meal in the last 24 hours. (biking performance is a bit sub-optimal when functioning only on Clif Bars, water and watered-down Gatorade.

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