Saturday, September 26, 2009

Emily to Ellen

Emily’s newest challenge is a cross-country ride from Chicago to Los Angeles where she hopes to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis with a large national audience. As you can see from the photos included, Emily shares a striking resemblance to Ellen DeGeneres and is a huge fan of the talk show host. Emily has maintained her health by becoming incredibly physically fit. Her fitness regime includes running, drumming, and biking. Two weeks ago, Emily took her Third Annual City to City Ride, 335 miles in four days from Detroit to Chicago on her bicycle. Her plan had been to return from that ride and then one month later begin her trek to Los Angeles. However, Emily’s Achilles tendon has been injured and now she is unable to make that ride as she had been planning to do. A lung infection in July, required antibiotics which have the unfortunate side effect of weakening tendons, and thus the Achilles injury, making a 2000-mile bicycle ride impossible.

Fortunately, Emily doesn’t recognize the word “impossible” and within minutes of hearing this potentially devastating news, Emily had a new plan…..”I’ll ride a Vespa instead!” Emily will be riding a very cool Vespa, from Chicago to L.A. which is critical in making her dream come true.

** Update** Emily will be riding 30-40 each morning and then finishing it up on the Vespa. Physcial thearpy has really been paying off and Em's achilles is on the mend.
Emily has received a great deal of press locally and nationally. She has appeared in a Forbes Magazine article, New York Times article, and a recent local article from the Detroit Free Press as well as an announcement of her recent Applebee's "Real Burgers for Real Heros” award.

Keep up to date with the ride at, and also follow SPIN Magazines coverage at!

She'll be collecting donations for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation too. You can donate, track the ride and stay in touch with Emily at!

9.22 Chicago to Davenport, Iowa
9.23 Davenport to Osceola, Iowa
9.24 Osceola to Lincoln, NE
9.25 Lincoln to Trenton, NE
9.26 Trenton to Denver, CO
9.28 Denver to Steamboat Springs, UT
9.29 Steamboat Springs to Vernal, UT
9.30 Vernal to Salt Lake City, UT
10.1 Salt Lake City to Fillmore, UT
10.2 Fillmore to Caliente, NV
10.3 Caliente to Las Vegas, NV
10.5 Las Vegas to Ridgecrest, CA
10.6 Ridgecrest to Burbank, CA


Lucie said...

Oh my goodness. I have so much admiration and respect for people who take up challanges like this! What an inspiration. Good luck!


Erin said...

OMG. I love Ellen. I hope the ride goes great -- let us know if she gets on the show (because she better!!). Awesome...

Mistie said...

well, just got that question answered i guess!! So, will she be on the Ellen show tomorrow (the 6th)? keep me tabbed.
Also, how do you know Emily?!

prashant said...

I love Ellen. I hope the ride goes great -- let us know if she gets on the show (because she better!!). Awesome...
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