Lemon Road Machine 2014 Fundraiser

For: Lemon Road Machine Project
Organizer: Sean & Rebecca Lemon
$5,404
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 63 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On September 2, 2013, our brother Robert Lemon was riding his tandem bicycle with his best friend when they were struck by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run accident. Rob and Hilary were both wearing helmets and riding in the bike lane. Even so, Rob died immediately and Hilary died 19 days later from the injuries sustained.

Rob had plans to open a bicycle shop and eventually give bicycles to children in need. This project is our attempt to give life to the latter part of his dream and give bicycles to children in the Grand Rapids area, the place he called home. 

Last Christmas we were able to give two brothers bicycles, helmets, bike locks and a pump. We would love the funding to grow the project to at least five children this year and eventually we would like to be involved in bike safety education for local students.

Thank you for your support as we grow Rob's dream.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 22, 2014

Posted on September 22, 2014

We met our increased goal on the 18th. So we raised it again. And we met it again yesterday. So we raised it one more time with nine days left on the fundraiser. 

Rob's birthday was Friday. He would have been 27. The Clearwater Police, who were particularly helpful to our family during the case, were scheduled to walk in their local MADD walk on his birthday. It was postponed due to rain but they plan to wear ribbons and walk in honor of Rob and Hilary when the walk is rescheduled.

Yesterday marked the day that Hilary passed away after being on life support for 19 days. We ask that you keep her family and friends in your thoughts. 

We can't thank everyone enough for your support on this project's first fundraiser. As we wind down, please feel free to share this page and our Facebook page with anyone who you feel may be interested in supporting us or following along. Although we haven't met all of you personally, know that you hold a special place in our hearts for what you've done here. Thank you.

Posted on September 7, 2014

Posted on September 7, 2014

Since we had exceeded our original goal so quickly, we decided to double it. What can I say? We are optimists. And now, we are nearly 75% of the way to this new goal. Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated. It means so much to us.

Saturday morning we held the first of what we plan to be an annual event. 17 of our friends and family came out to ride 11 miles and get together for lunch. Although Rob would have had a good laugh at how short our ride was and the fact that the wheel on Rebecca's bike has been on backwards for many years (fixed before the ride!), we know he would have been so proud just to have everyone out together riding. There were people who hadn't ridden in years, a cousin who bought a bike just that morning, and a people wearing helmets who didn't normally. We are thrilled at what we consider an extremely successful day. Photos can be viewed on the Lemon Road Machine Project Facebook page. 

Posted on August 28, 2014

Posted on August 28, 2014

We are absolutely humbled that we are halfway to our goal in just a few days of opening the fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

Would also like to share that we will be having a ride for the Project and to remember Rob and Hilary on Saturday, September 6th. More information can be found on the Facebook event page here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/583901881726898

Thank you all again for your support and donations.

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