The CE Express, a team of bicyclists from our industry, trekked over 2,200 miles from Augusta, Maine to Denver, arriving just in time for September’s CEDIA EXPO. The group, which left Maine on August 19, raised over $40,000 for cancer research groups along the way. Proceeds will be equally donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Maine.
The journey, sponsored by Niles Audio and SpeakerCraft, was led by new CEDIA President Ken Smith, president of Custom Electronics in Falmouth, Maine
Along the way, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers stopped CE Express riders to share their stories of cancer survival and of friends and family members whose lives have been affected or taken by cancer. “We met so many people who were personally touched by this disease,” said Smith. “They inspired us to keep going when we didn’t think we could pedal another mile. Their support, generous donations and encouragement made this ride worthwhile and successful, and for that, I am eternally grateful.”
Smith, an accomplished cyclist, rode alone last year from Maine to Indianapolis, the site of CEDIA EXPO 2005. This year, he and his team almost doubled the $22,000 he raised last year. Smith undertook the rides to raise funds for cancer research “after being affected by several co-workers, friends and family members diagnosed with the disease.”
Said Niles President Frank Sterns, “Ken’s determination and drive serves as an inspiration to our company and to all those fighting against and affected by cancer. Niles will continue to support Ken in his efforts to raise funds for this worthy cause.”
Plans are underway for other charity events in 2007, as well as another CE Express ride to Denver and CEDIA EXPO 2007. You can make donations and get more information at CE Express’ website: www.weallknowsomeone.org.