Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bike Free guys get some local press

Cyclists share coast-to-coast cause
Two Baltimore waiters are raising money for bikes and helmets for kids in military families

By Ellie Bogue
of The News-Sentinel

What started as a love of cycling and the desire to share that joy has become a coast-to-coast charity bike ride for two Baltimore waiters.

More than a year ago on a late-night ride through the streets of Baltimore, Adam Burkowske, 29, and Paul Lebelle, 34, came up with a plan to share their love of cycling with those less fortunate. Together they formed a nonprofit organization, Bike Free, which raises money to give the children of military personnel a new bike and helmet.

“We are passionate about passing the joy of riding along to others,” Lebelle said.

Both Burkowske and Lebelle have had family in the military. Burkowske's brother, Timothy, served in the Navy in the Iraq War and is currently serving in Bahrain. Burkowske knows how difficult it can be for the children whom military personnel leave behind during their tours of duty. Sometimes their parents never return, or return so injured they can no longer work in their former civilian profession.

“A bike can't make up for that,” said Burkowske, “but it can help.”

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