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GOAL: $5,000
RAISED: $3,475

John Labus - Rider # 9



From Friday, November 20th through Sunday, November 21st, I will virtually join hundreds of other individuals who will ride their bicycles 165-miles in support of HIVAids Charities across Florida.  Our journeys will be ones filled with hope, filled with pride, and filled with the dream of a future free of AIDS. This year will mark the 17th year of The SMART Ride, my 16th year of participating, and I have set an ambitious goal of $5,000, more than the required $1250, because I believe what we do makes a difference (and because 100% of the money you donate will go back to the community).  Again this year, I am also pledging to donate $1000 myself when I reach my goal. 

Because of Covid_19, each individual rider was charged with finding their own way to "165". For me, I am in the midst of a "triple 165".   Since October 1st, I set a goal to walk 165 miles, climb 165 flights of stairs and ride 165 miles, with those riding miles occurring the weekend of Nov.19-21.  As of now, I am just 3 miles away from my walking goal and I have actually doubled my stair climbing goal!   For the riding, I will complete 3 days @ 55 miles each by myself, and tracing some of the ride's annual route in the rural areas of far western MiamiDade County near the Everglades.  I will explore Key Biscayne and complete a route that's more of an urban assault through Miami Beach, Miami, Pinecrest and Coral Gables.

It's my hope that I can join my fellow riders next year for the group ride to Key West when we hopefully find ourselves on the other end of this pandemic.

We can share the words of Margaret Mead "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has".

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My Heroes

Zach Pless
$500.00

Kenneth Russell
Cisco
$300.00
Your ongoing dedication to this work to help others is a wonderful example, John!

Daniel Doyle
$300.00
Thanks John for another year on Smartride!

Candice Balobeck
Chevron
$250.00
Good luck on your ride. 🌈

Dylan and Karla Bouterse
$222.00

Cheryl Duvall
$200.00
So wonderful you designed your own event to stay safe!

Jeff Russell
$165.00

Michael Conway
$100.00
You’re a good man! Love, Mike & Paul

TRACY NASH
$100.00

William Platt
$100.00
BE CAREFUL...THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS!

Durgesh Kudchadkar
$100.00

Douglas Bedell
$100.00
Doug & Josh with you in spirit all the way!

Christopher Gates
$100.00

Mark Miller
Cisco
$100.00

Clifton Snyder
Jeb Littlejohn
$100.00
Keep up the good work

Phuc Tran
$92.00
Good luck and be safe!

Clincierge Match Donation
$75.00

Lori Gillen
$75.00
So happy that you are continuing this journey. It means a lot to those that benefit from commitment. Keep pedaling!

Al and Jennifer Blair
$50.00
We are proud to support you again! XOXO

NC State University University of Miami
$50.00
Thanks for helping HIV! You are the best.

Richard Moore
Personal
$50.00
So proud of you John

Heath White
$25.00
Great job, John!

Alex Breitman
$20.00
Go John!!!

Matt Watson
Development Partners
$1.00
Thank you for riding!
🚴️ Rider #156