The mission of Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation is to support the world-renowned experts at the HLH Center of Excellence at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and their four core priorities: Research, Education, Clinical Care, and Family Support.

Ride With Us – 2017

Ride With Us – Jackson, MS to Natchez, MS to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (700 Miles)
September 16th – 22nd

Raise $5,000 and come fight HLH one pedal stroke at a time with us.  You’ll have a week to remember as we ride for everyone who has battled this awful immune disorder in the past, those that are currently fighting and for those that will unfortunately get the diagnosis in the future.

For your fundraising efforts, we’ll provide the hotel rooms for the week.  As far as food, breakfast will be provided by the hotel each morning and we’ll provide lunch throughout the week and 2 dinners.  Fly or drive into Jackson, MS on Friday, September 15th.  All registered cyclists are responsible for the logistics and costs of their own personal travel and bike shipping to and from the start and end points of their ride week.

Every morning will start with a group video as we dedicate each day’s ride to a child currently in the hospital battling HLH.  We’ll then ride off as a group and tackle the miles for the day.  Our support vehicles will drive the luggage from town to town and will be stopping throughout the day for everyone to load up on food and fluids.  We typically have a mid morning, noon and afternoon stop.  If at any point you’re wanting to stop pedaling and get in to the RV, you’re more than welcome to do so!

The ride will start on the Natchez Trace Parkway, which is lined with forests, farmland, creeks and beautiful vistas all the way from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN.  The National Park Service has designated the entire parkway as a bike route. There are no stoplights or stop signs and no commercial vehicles allowed.  There are no retail establishments on the Trace and access on and off is via on/off ramps, which means there is no need to worry about cross traffic.

From Nashville, we’ll navigate the remaining miles to the front door of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where we’ll present a check to the HLH Center of Excellence.  The 8th annual “HLH Boot Camp” is going on at the hospital that weekend where doctors from across the country will be coming in to learn from the HLH experts.  On Friday evening, there is a dinner at the Newport Aquarium where we’ll be celebrating our amazing accomplishment!  The “Boot Camp” starts on Saturday morning and families that have battled HLH are welcome to attend.

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$100,000 Presenting Sponsor

  • Novimmune

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$1,000+ Heart Sponsor

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