After 3,400 miles, 44 days and more than $20,000 raised, ABB employee Dave Madden and his friend Derek Fitzgerald concluded their cycling journey for charity by reaching their destination of Avalon, N.J.
Starting on the Santa Monica pier in California on Tuesday June 9, 2015, Dave and Derek began their bicycle ride to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The duo cycled a total of 3416.5 miles, made 1,076,212 pedal strokes and climbed a cumulative total of 138,959 feet in elevation on their journey across the U.S. Dave is the Standards & Certification Engineer at ABB’s Measurement & Analytics Warminster, Pa. facility.
Earlier this week, Dave and Derek stopped in the Warminster facility for the warmest of welcomes and a presentation of the check that drove their journey. They were able to visit with colleagues and friends before embarking on the final stretch of their trip. ABB sponsored the ride, via its ABB Foundation, by matching all ABB employee charitable donations made in support of this great effort.
“What an epic adventure it was and the final day was amazing,” said Dave Madden. “We had a police escort out of Philadelphia to the Ben Franklin bridge. Then we rode 70+ miles to Avalon where two of my boys (Brian & Sean) joined the tour for the last four miles. The Avalon police escorted us from the bay bridge to the 32nd street beach where we dipped our front wheels into the Atlantic Ocean. Thank you ABB for the wonderful support.”
Dane Maisel, General Manager of ABB’s Warminster operations, said, “We are proud of Dave and Derek’s achievement and the opportunity to support an employee in pursuit of such a noble cause. Amazing on its own, but exciting also in that it reflects what our company represents – thousands of talented individuals working together as a team to accomplish seemingly impossible goals for our employees, customers and communities every day.”
ABB built a webpage to accompany the effort featuring an interactive map of their progress and key measurements throughout their journey. You may also donate to the cause via the webpage, which is located at www.abb.com/tourforacure.