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About Mark Francek

Hello fellow bikers,

My name is Mark Francek, I'm a professor of geography at Central Michigan University. It will be a priviledge to ride with a group committed to help those living with MS.  

I have pedalled twice across the U.S. (east to west) and that familiarizes me a bit with the mental and physical expectations of the trip.  But that was over 30 years ago.  How did we ever do it without wind updates from the web?  Shoot.  No Snapchat. We had to send pictures home to be developed. No Tweeting our location.  Only collect calls home. 

Since the 80's, I have taught a number of week long biking and science courses for CMU students at Shenandoah National Park, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY, and Beaver Island Michigan.  In my opinion, biking is the best way to teach a field class.  All day there are great opportunities to see evolving geology, botany, weather, and history.  

I'll be joining you in Indiana with a group of CMU students who will be biking to give and to learn, using this experience to gain course credit.  So, if you are having trouble sleeping after a long day's ride, just tune in to one of my evening lectures about thrust faults or the black-footed ferret.

I have a supportive, lovely wife and we have 5 kids and 2 grandkids.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, volunteer work, college football, and buffets after a long bike ride. 

I look forward to riding and learning from you all!


Mark Francek  

Donation Information


                   Two easy ways to help:


1.  CREDIT CARD: You can donate by credit card on this site by simply typing this into Google Search: "Bike the US for MS Donate"  or  then find my name "Mark Francek" under the "Donate to a cyclist riding in 2015" pull down menu on the left.  My name appears alphabetically by FIRST name, not last.   Then, fill in credit card information.  

2.  BY MAIL: You can choose to donate by mail by writing a check payable to “Bike the US for MS” , please my name in the memo line of the check.


Send to:     Bike the US for MS

                  P.O. Box 10001

                  Blacksburg, VA 24062


Once the check is received by the organization they will post the donation to this website.

 Please note that all donations are tax-deductible.  Bike the US for MS Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization: tax ID # 27-2192426.


     Thank you for taking the time to read this brief biography and helping in this great cause.

P.S. I have been thanking all donors in person, by phone, or by mail. This "Thank you" is for the anonymous donor whom I do not know and whom I wish I could thank in a more personal manner.

Mark Francek's Fundraising


ALL 2015 TEAMS TOTAL: $578429

RAISED: $4295
Anonymous $500.00
Michael Libbee $270.00
Robert and Suzanne Rohli $250.00
Robert and Suzanne Rohli $250.00
Perry Samson $200.00
Randall Hetherington $150.00
Carol Brannan $100.00
Charles and Roxane Anderton $100.00
Dolores Lawrence $100.00
Ed and Pat Benson $100.00
Julie Cunningham $100.00
Karen Glen Williams $100.00
Kathleen Crumbaugh $100.00
Kendall Farnum $100.00
Lynn Shirley $100.00
Melissa Mercik $100.00
Michael Groff $100.00
Phil and Cindy Houser $100.00
Regina Bell $100.00
Terence Lerch and Polly Pritchard $100.00
The Vallance $100.00
Anonymous $75.00
Anonymous $50.00
Betsy VanDeusen-MacLeod $50.00
Brian Sharrar $50.00
Bruce Bonnell $50.00
David Karmon $50.00
David Lopez $50.00
First Alliance Credit Union $50.00
Gail and Thomas Moore $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Lester Keepper $50.00
Roger Blish $50.00
Xiaoguang Wang $50.00
Marion Weaver $40.00
Yong Tian $40.00
Jorge Brea $35.00
Cindy Hales $30.00
Kirk Sponseller and Nancy Priestap $30.00
Anonymous $25.00
Diane Thomas $25.00
Don Duggan-Haas $25.00
Eleanor Dawson $25.00
Karyn Kiefer $25.00
Mark Minelli $25.00
terry libkuman $25.00
Anonymous $20.00
Anonymous $20.00
Anonymous $20.00
Wayne & Mary Van Dyke $20.00
Jeremy Bond $10.00
Katie Francek $5.00
Anonymous $5.00