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, August 8, 2012

Day 39: Bloomington is Kind of Awesome

Bloomington, IN (0 miles) As my parents pointed out, Bloomington is a poetic town to cycle
through because of the 1979 movie Breaking Away, an underdog cycling
story where townies beat out the Indiana University cycling team.

It seemed to have book stores, coffee shops, ethnic and natural food
restaurants, green spaces and bike shops in just the right proportion
to appeal to. . . well, me. Oh! And boutique shops selling very cute
dresses. In a defiant act of rebellion against the drab and functional
civilian clothes I had packed in my panniers, I purchased a pink,
frilly dress that I would lug to CT for a wedding in September. I
spent most of the rest of the day reading in cafes to soak up the
pleasant atmosphere.

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