Upstate News

June 13, 2005
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

RE/MAX father and son to bicycle 1,700 miles in support of CNY Children’s Miracle Network

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Cycling 1,700 miles in the summer heat from Syracuse to Dallas is not something every RE/MAX agent longs to do, but for Karl Sterling of RE/MAX Masters in Fayetteville and his son Nick, this adventure has been in the works for many years. On June 28, after Nick’s graduation from Westhill High School, the duo will start their 14-day trek through six states to Texas.

Karl and Nick hope to raise $25,000 for the CNY Children’s Miracle Network, an organization already closely linked with RE/MAX. Since 1992, RE/MAX has contributed over $2.2 billion to the national Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).

“Supporting Children’s Miracle Network with a 1,700 mile bike ride from Syracuse to Dallas definitely raises RE/MAX to a new level of support,” said Toni Gary, director of the local CMN.

“My son and I share a love of cycling. We realized that this would be an amazing experience and a great way to spend time together,” Karl Sterling said.

RE/MAX of New York Inc. is donating the RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon to be on site for a send off party June 27, providing tethered rides for people to see the riders from high above. Karl and Nick will pedal more than 100 miles a day, visiting different RE/MAX offices for fuel, rest and encouragement along the way. RE/MAX offices plan to host events along the route to raise additional funds for the Children’s Miracle Network.

With all the plans and goals in place, Karl and Nick are now focusing most of their efforts on training, cycling 40 to 60 miles a day and lifting weights. “Training is tough,” Karl explained. “When we have a chance to ride together, we work as a team, building our strategy of trading positions and blocking the wind.”

Tammy Sterling, married to Karl for 22 years and mother to Nick and Ashley, is the school nurse at Nick’s high school. She is a former pediatrics charge nurse and fully recognizes the importance of the funding from Children’s Miracle Network to community hospitals. When Nick is not in training, he works on his website design and computer networking business that he began when he was 14. Nick was nominated twice to attend the prestigious National Youth Leadership Forum Technologies, and he plans to major in business administration and information technology at Onondaga Community College.

The Central New York CMN is an activity of the Upstate Medical University Foundation. All proceeds raised from Central New York CMN fundraising initiatives remain in the area to benefit children who receive medical care at University and Crouse hospitals.

Donations can be made online at http://www.bicyclingforlife.org

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