“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart” sounds like something you might see on an inspirational poster. You know, the kind with the image of the sun breaking through the clouds or a hiker summiting a mountain. It’s actually a bit of verse, taken from the Bible, and it’s a statement that a young boy took to heart and has turned into a mission to help others.
CJ Burford loves to ride his bike, so he thought why not ride my bike for a reason, which was the seed for an idea to make a difference for others. CJ just embarked on a major bike ride! One that will take him from Oceanside, CA to St. Augustine, FL.
He started out on the first of September and plans to reach Florida in the middle of December. He is making the ride to raise awareness and monies for the National Children’s Cancer Society, so if you see him and his family along the way show your support in the way that feels right for you. And don’t worry, it looks like CJ’s dad is riding alongside him.
You can follow CJ’s progress on his Facebook Page, CJs Rides for a Reason, see photos of his adventure on the blog and learn more about him and his effort on his website, loveFAR.org (FAR stands for “For A Reason”). If you would like to donate, there are links on the website where you can also see all the businesses who have signed on to sponsor.
What do you love to do? Do you do it for a reason? Take inspiration from CJ and turn something you love into a way to make a difference in the lives of others.
If you know someone making a difference in your community, nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.