Ride the Mitt for Canine Development

Hi, Thanks for visiting my fundraising page. I have been a member of the Mount Clemens Lions Club for nearly 35 years.  I have always considered Leader Dogs for the Blind to be one of the most important charities the Mount Clemens Lions Club and thousands of other Lions clubs support.  I have personally witnessed the joy and independence that several of my blind friends have experienced when they received and trained with their leader dogs.  Leader Dogs for the Blind is the premier guide dog school in the world and it is located right here in Rochester Hills, Michigan,  

Leader Dogs for the Blind is in the middle of the largest campaign in their history to turn the existing kennel into a state of the art Canine Development Center.  Join me as I raise funds for this amazing organization and help them continue their mission of empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel.

What am I going to do to make a difference and hopefully raise at least $7500.00 in support of the new Canine Development Center.  I'm going to ride my bicycle around the perimeter of the "Mitt" also known as the lower peninsula of the State of Michigan.  I intend to ride at least 1250 miles from August 8,2015 through August 23, 2015.  That is right, ride my bicycle approximately 75miles per day for 16 straight days. I intend to seek pledges and eventual donations of $6.00 for every mile I cycle. I have done numerous endurance events: I ran 13 full marathons; several half marathons; several multi day hikes, a 50+ mile inline skate; and at least 20 cycling events. Last year I rode my bicycle across the upper peninsula, but by comparison that was a mere 467miles and took me just six days. My committment to "Ride the Mitt for the Mutts" is my most ambitious endeavor of my life and I am seeking your support of my efforts.  Of course I would prefer cash donations, but I would also appreciate help with accomodations and other logistical costs.  Do you have a cottage or other property along the coast of Lower Michigan where I can find a bed or pitch a tent?  In any event you get the idea. I would also appreciate text messages of support, during my time on the road, to (586) 871-3235, or perhaps an email encouraging me to complete this challenge. 

Thank You in advance for your support,   Lion John C Begin

You can make a donation right here on this site, or you can mail a donation payable to  Leader Dogs for the Blind c/o Lion John C Begin 16184 Forest Way, Macomb, MI 48042        

For more information on the new Canine Development Center, please see the photo gallery and video below!





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Canine Development Center Video

My Supporters

  • Ray Township Lions Club December 2015 $50.00
  • Donald Vermeulen September 2015 $100.00
  • Mary Lou Moss September 2015 $25.00
  • Richard Belloli, Sr. September 2015 $25.00
  • Mary & Gary Stahl September 2015 $50.00
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  • General Hydraulics Corporation September 2015 $500.00
  • Frederic Fan August 2015 $350.00
  • Great Lakes Animal Hospital September 2015 $200.00
  • john shane Keep on keeping on John! You continue to amaze us! August 2015 $150.00
  • Brad Bowers Donation to cover 1 mile for each of the 18 puppies we've raised, and the 5 litters that Daphne has had for Leader Dogs for the Blind. Thank you for what you're doing John, and safe travels! August 2015 $148.00
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