This summer’s cross-country bike-a-thon began on June 15 in Astoria, Oregon and spans 15 states and 3,500 miles before reaching its destination in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey on August 15. The youth bike-a-thon, nicknamed JettRide, benefits The Jett Foundation, which is an organization that raises funds and awareness for boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne is a genetic disease that kills more children in the world than any other genetic disease, and there is no approved treatment.
The teen riders will visit families with Duchenne as they bike across the country, and the teens will also explore famous landmarks, such as Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park. The Jett Foundation has raised over $2 million for Duchenne research since 2001.