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Biking in Tribute! A message from CFSRF

Coming soon, perhaps to a town near you! John Cook will be starting his trek across the lower half of the United States on 2/5/07. He will be pedaling from Florida to California in honor of our fallen service member families. This will also benifit Children Of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund. We are asking for your help with the Biking in Tribute fundraising event that John is planning.

Now here are some thoughts from John

I've thought about a cross-country bike trip for many years, but not until I talked with a friend who had actually ridden across the States and then found myself with the time, did I think I would ever get the chance to try it myself. I chose the CFSRF as the organization to raise money and awareness for because I so strongly believe in their mission. To begin with, I believe that higher education, whether college or trade school, is extremely important for anyone who wants to have a chance in today's society. Secondly, awarding scholarships to children who have had a parent killed in Iraq or Afghanistan is a tangible way of giving them thanks for the sacrifice that they and their families have made.

I was impressed by the CFSRF's mission: they combined my belief in the value of education with the idea that the children who have lost a parent deserve our country's thanks and gratitude for enduring a loss that very few of us can imagine. A scholarship, of course, will not begin to relieve the pain of losing a parent, but it can give them a boost and assistance in helping them create something good for themselves.

Our society is, I think, far removed from this war because so few of us know someone in the military and because our daily lives have not really been affected in any significant way. I want to raise awareness about some of the effects of the war, but also to raise funds to help those who will, for the rest of their lives, be completely affected by it.

Here is some information about John

He is 47 years old has an undergraduate degree from Tulane University, New Orleans; attended on a 4- year Air Force ROTC scholarship and a graduate degree: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His training includes:

  • Pilot Training: Class 82-05, Reese AFB, TX
  • Flew KC-135 Air Refueling tanker aircraft at Robins AFB, GA; Kadena Air Base, Japan; Castle AFB, CA. He was assigned to the dedicated crew for the Commander, USCENTCOM's (United States Central Command) aircraft and then was hired by Northwest Airlines in 1989. John is currently employed as a Captain,
  • Instructor, Check Airman pilot with Northwest
  • He is a triathlete; on Masters swim team (adult swim team) at his local YWCA; has always been an avid biker; using his bike for his primary transportation around town; and has taken several bike touring vacations to Hawaii, San Juan Islands (Washington state), and Oregon.

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