Friday, October 17, 2014 by Customers, Friends and Fans of Bicycle Garage Indy
Some kindnesses touch you so deeply they can never fully be repaid. So Greg Rothchild and his family are “paying it forward,” instead. “My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Mother’s Day in 2012, and he passed away 30 days later,” explains Rothchild, an MPL mechanical technician at Griffith, Ind. “From the time he was released from the hospital until the moment he passed, hospice was there,” he adds. “They helped my mother in so many ways, from attending to my father to assisting her with the grieving process. They were awesome.”
To show their thankfulness, Rothchild’s family asked that donations be made to Hospice of the Calumet Region in lieu of funeral flowers. Rothchild hit upon yet another way to support the charitable organization while engaged in one of his favorite activities, biking.
“I saw a sign along the path about a bike run for charity called the Hospice Hustle, with proceeds going to Hospice of the Calumet Region,” says Rothchild. “I knew I wanted to take part, so I signed up, and my family did the same.”
Rothchild next began to search for ways to generate interest and funds for the event and obtained permission from HR and management to approach his co-workers. “People began making donations right away,” he recalls. Rothchild obtained further support from his other “family,” the congregation of Griffith’s First Christian Church. “I asked hospice for brochures and signs to pass out at church and at work, and they were so excited; people don’t usually do that,” he adds.
On Sept. 21, the Rothchilds met up with other Hospice Hustle participants for a pancake breakfast at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, Ind. They then hopped on their bikes for what would be a 27.8-mile course that began and ended at the fairground. By the end of the ride, the Rothchilds had raised $740 for Hospice of the Calumet Region, all of it donated by his co-workers and fellow church members. “This is something I plan to do every year for them, although my goal next year is the 63-mile ride,” he says. “It meant a lot to be able to participate as a family in the ride, especially for my youngest son,” Rothchild adds. “He was real close to my dad.”
Name: Greg Rothchild
Bicycle: Fuji Absolute 3.0
Greg is now entered in our 2014 Fall Your Bicycle Contest.
Greg, a great story about a family coming together to pay it forward. Thanks from everyone at Bicycle Garage Indy for sharing Your Bicycle picture and story.