Grandfather sets off on cross-country motorcycle ride in honor of his grandson and others with CdLS
What would make a 70-year-old Ohio man ride his Harley 3,800 miles across America? Simple: To help his grandson and other children born with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS).Ken Fouts, a retired Emmy award winning sports director, loves his 2008 Harley-Davidson Softail Heritage and his 16-year-old grandson, Adrian, so what better way to honor both than by riding across the country this spring. Adrian's Ride 2011 aims to raise money for the national CdLS Foundation and awareness of the little-known syndrome. An estimated 20,000 men, women and children have CdLS but remain undiagnosed and/or without support services. Fouts plans to start his three-week, 20-state trek from Adrian's hometown of Manchester, NH, on national CdLS Awareness Day, May 14. It's also the day after Adrian's 17th birthday. Fouts' will collect water from the Atlantic Ocean near Portsmouth, NH, before heading down U.S. Route 1 through Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. He'll then turn west onto U.S. Route 50, heading toward Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, where he'll pour the water from the Atlantic into the Pacific.Motorcycle riders are encouraged to join him along the way, whether for a few miles or a few hundred. Anyone interested in joining Adrian's Ride 2011, or donating to the cause, can call the CdLS Foundation at 800-223-8355 or email events@CdLSusa.org.