About Lea's Foundation

In 1998, Lea Michele Economos, a young woman who died of leukemia at the age of 28, made a dying wish to her parents that others would not face the hardships she encountered by finding a cure for this disease. Her family started this charity to carry on that wish. Today, Lea’s Foundation takes an active role in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma and to better the lives of people living with these diseases. At the UCONN Health Center, the Lea’s Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders sponsors research in this field. A new program covers the cost of bone-marrow testing to help recruit life-saving transplants for patients. Also, annual scholarships are given to children with leukemia who are planning to attend nursery school. For more information on other projects carried out by Lea’s Foundation, please visit their website at www.LeasFoundation.org.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 7: Chillin at the Holiday Inn (in Fallon, NV)

65 miles

As usual we woke up and took our time eating a nice breakfast and gambling a 7AM in the casino. Unfortunately we all came away from Carson City with far less money than when we arrived (*this is not actually true*). We hopped on the road and headed out to Route 50, which is also known as "The Loneliest Road in America". This road would take us from the outskirts of Carson City through the rest of Nevada. Needless to say we were all happy that there wouldn't be any time wasted while stopping to look at a map.

None of the us had a great idea of the terrain, but knew that it would be relatively flat. Little did we know just how smooth the day would be; after a steady climb out of Carson City, the rest of the ride was essentially flat or downhill.This was our first real view of the Nevada desert. It was beautiful but barren. "Dry" mountains with no trees surrounded us and unfortunately each mile was largely reminiscent of the last. Fortunately we cruised. The miles flew by as we passed countless casinos with the word "Nugget" stuck somewhere in the name.

We arrived in Fallon at lunch time and immediately set off to find food. It took a little time, but the owner of a local steakhouse was kind enough to donate three items from the "Lunch Specials" menu. The Fallon Holiday Inn Express was kind enough to donate a room, so we checked in and chilled by the pool. We received an amazing dinner from a local Mexican food restaurant called The Water Hole and went to sleep early to prepare for the long haul from Fallon to Austin the next day.

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