Cycle for Sjogren's fundraiser

Sep 14, 2014 7:39 PM by Vanessa Vasconcelos

Two 9th graders raised money and even more awareness for a disease that's a lot more common than you think-Sjogren's Syndrome.
At just 14 years old Justin and Brandon Dodds pulled off the "Cycle for Sjogren's" fundraiser. All proceeds went to the Sjogren's Syndrome foundation.

They didn't have an exact count on how many people participated because there were so many coming in to register the day of.
Attendees did either a 5 mile loop or a 30 mile that connects to Bidwell.

What started as a junior high leadership project turned into an event drawing upwards of 100 people.
All of it was inspired by Mom. Their mother Paula was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome last January. The auto immune disease significantly decreases the quantity and quality of saliva and tears.
Because they were so ambitious in promoting awareness for the disease they turned it into a summer project. Already, they've hosted several awareness seminars at various businesses throughout Chico.

An estimated 7 million people in the us are diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome.
The boys are now freshmen at PV high school. They plan on making this an annual event at Marsh junior high where it all started.

For ways you can donate visit their facebook page or fundraising site.


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