Mother and daughter cycling team Lisa and Hannah Herman are high on the pedal after completing the Bike 4 Friendship Pacific Coast charity ride and raising funds for Friendship Circle, an international Jewish non-profit that provides programs for families with special-needs children. The annual event, hosted by Investors Bank, raised more than 150,000 buckeroos.
Mom Lisa, a grandmother of four and a long-time cycling enthusiast, is a teacher with the Department of Education who also participated in last year’s event, which covered ground from Miami to New York City.
This year, the cycle ride traveled from Seattle to Los Angeles where Lisa shared the pedal to the medal with nine other women. She said, “I am happy to ride for them, Friendship Circle works on inclusion and self-esteem for the special needs child.” Standing O asked if she would make it three for three and ride next year, and she said, “Maybe, if it was a different venue I would consider.”
Daughter Hannah, who teaches at a Hebrew school, became involved with the organization through her mom and is active in yoga and cycling. She participated in two weeks of the trip and told Standing O why she entered the race: “The ride, even though long, was very unique, beautiful scenery and a great opportunity. It was life changing.” She added, “I was happy to show the other local chapters of Friendship Circle my support by participating in the event.”
Hannah said, “The trip was kosher, we rode six days a week, stopping only for Shabbat, then continued on Sunday.”
Both agreed, “It was a terrific bonding experience.”
Standing O says, “Mazel tov and happy riding.”
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