YONG LEE

Hometown
Philadelphia, PA
College
Graduated from Rutgers University 2007 and Rowan University 2009
Bike
Her name is Amber (Trek 520)
Mail Drops
Send me a package!

About Yong Lee

Life will give you infinite amount of opportunities. It is up to you whether you take those opportunities and act on them or not. You may never know when the actions you take can make a difference in a person’s life or even the world. Over the past 2 years that I have been entrenched in the world of touring on bicycle, I have come across countless examples of people seizing the opportunities to help a complete stranger. By stranger, I am referring to myself. Whether it’s the group of kids cheering me on as I climb my first mountain pass of my life on the Kancamagus highway in New Hampshire, the former ecological professor who paid for my breakfast in the Adirondacks of NY, the whole town of Orion, IL who offered so many accommodations to my team, the lady who offered to give me a ride into town (closest town was at least 10 miles away) when I was on the side of the road fixing a flat tire, the man who pulled over on the highway to give me a bottle of water on a hot day in Montana, the man who waited for me on Maui to help me hitch a ride into town because I was dying of heat exhaustion, the coast guard couple who picked me up and drove me into town while offering me their lunch and beer, the group of 5th graders who were on a field trip and got their teacher to stop on the side of the road to get out and cheer me on at least 3 times as I was cycling through a thunderstorm in Kauai, --- their decision to act on their opportunity to help a stranger gave me the strength and the courage to accomplish the goals that I have set out to accomplish over the 2 years of riding my bicycle around the US. These are the acts of kindness that is giving me the courage to seize this opportunity for the third time to ride and help those who live courageously with MS.

This tour will be my third and last tour for some time. Before I put my beloved companion (Amber – my bike) away, I figured I would make this trip a special one. I will be riding self-supported along 3 different routes through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. I will start in San Diego, CA and ride down to the Mexican Border in Tecate, CA. From there I will traverse through 25+ mountain passes and the countless “foot hills” of the sierra mountain range, passing through 8 different national parks, and make my way up to the Canadian border in Sumas, WA on the Sierra Cascades route. I will then head west along the Canadian Border to Blaine, WA where I will then circumvent the Olympic Peninsula and arrive in Seattle, WA. Afterward, I will ride along the Pacific Coast route to the Mexican Border at Friendship Park by Imperial Beach, CA for a total of 5035 miles. I am planning on embarking this epic trip on June 3rd with the hopes that I can raise awareness and gain support in the fight against MS. There is no greater feeling than having a complete stranger lend a hand when you are at your most vulnerable state. That is why I am taking this opportunity to do all I can to help those who have to fight every day to do simple tasks that we take for granted every day.

With that said, I am presenting you with the opportunity to take action to help a complete stranger. Like my past trips, I am raising $1 for every mile I ride. I set the goal for $5000 but there is no limit to how much you can help a fellow person in need. This is your opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life and give that great sense of appreciation and gratitude one feels when another fellow human is willing to help a complete stranger with no other intention but to help another person out. Any contribution, no matter how big or small, will be much appreciated by those you will be helping. Even the smallest contribution can make a big difference in the fight against MS. I would be honored if you all can join me in this fight against MS. I hope y’all have a great day and take care! See you on the road!

Yong Lee's Fundraising

SELF-CONTAINED 2014 TEAM TOTAL: $31109

ALL 2014 TEAMS TOTAL: $316817

PERSONAL GOAL: $5000
RAISED: $50
Sam Schalman-Bergen $50.00