Cycling cross-country for Mott!

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Making the world a better place one mile at a time

For most of us, accomplishing a childhood dream of cycling across the United States would be an amazing and satisfying achievement in and of itself. For siblings Melissa and Mark Beams and their friends and fellow siblings Lauren and Ethan Cummings, it isn’t: they decided to step it up and make their personal cross-country bike trip a fundraiser for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Since leaving California last month, this fabulous foursome has been on what they call their “4 Tour for Mott.” Decked out in Mott cycling jerseys, they already have traversed hundreds of miles, connected with U-M alumni along the way and raised more than $2000 through pledges and donations.

Thank you, Melissa, Mark, Lauren and Ethan for being champions for Mott patients and families! We are so fortunate to have you as part of our Michigan family!

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