Almaden Valley resident Ed Jensen, age 61, and an engineer at Alexian Brothers Hospital, completed his fourth bike-a-thon for Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. in the name of his granddaughter, Lindsey, age 14, who has cystic fibrosis (see photo). Jensen bicycled from San Francisco to Huntington Beach in late September in a trip made all the more remarkable due to his own angioplasty surgery just one month prior to the ride.
Ed made his first 500 mile ride in 1984, four years after his triple bypass surgery when his physicians were urging him to exercise. More recently he trained by riding 1,700 miles in preparation for the 1996 trip. He began the trip with a terrible cold and by the end he said, "It hurt every time I pushed down on the pedals." Says Ed, "...there are no bands playing" when he reaches his destination, but he feels rewarded in raising "a good sum of money" for the fight against cystic fibrosis. His rides have raised over $25,000 over the years for CF research, most of it donated by friends and acquaintances in appreciation for his efforts. This year his efforts have already brought in over $8,000. If you would like to pledge any amount for Ed Jensen's bike ride, send your check marked "Jensen Bike Ride" to the CFRI office.
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