Cycling for Leader Dogs

Mark Mansell Raises Triple His Goal

Published in: Update - Issue 3- 2012 »    Listen to Article ♫

After 52 days and 3,497 miles, Lion Mark Mansell finished his Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine solo bicycle ride to benefit Leader Dog by dipping his bike, and his feet, in the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way Mark not only pedaled across 12 states with an estimated 2.5 million turns of the crank on his bike, he also made over 100 presentations (before, during and after the ride) about Leader Dog to Lions Clubs and other groups.

For Mark, his favorite part of the trip was meeting so many new people. Many Lions planned for Mark's trip through their area and gave him a place to sleep, but lots of strangers also stopped to ask what he was doing, shared a meal with him, gave him a place to sleep and dug into their pockets to donate to Leader Dog. "With all the crazy things that are going on in the world, you wonder what's going on," said Mark. "But I found people who were kind, generous and really cared about their fellow man."

Kindness and generosity came from our donors, old and new, who supported Mark's efforts to the tune of $97,917*, almost three times his goal of $35,000!

Mark was honored with a Lions Recognition
Award at the USA/Canada Forum in September.
The award was presented by the President of
Lions Clubs International, Wayne A. Madden.

If you'd like to read Mark's blog from the time he spent on the road or make a donation, go to cyclingforleaderdogs.

*Amount received as of the production date of this newsletter.