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Cross-Country Biker Curbs Wheels to Honor Local Boy with Heart Defect

The Children’s Heart Foundation “BIKE 4 CHF” Initiative Aims to Raise $100,000 for Congenital Heart Defect Research

Nels Matson, the first-ever Children’s Heart Foundation “KID 4 CHF,” honors Ryan Negus of Elkhorn, and meets with local Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) supporters.



The BIKE 4 CHF meet-and-greet will begin at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at Green Street Cycles, when Matson invites congenital heart defect survivors and people who have lost a loved one to a heart defect to sign his white road bike, so they can “ride across country” with him. Then, at 7 a.m., CHF supporters will ride their bikes alongside Matson, at a slow pace, for Matson’s first quarter-mile out of Omaha.

CHF defines “KIDS 4 CHF” as children who have been diagnosed with a CHD, or children who were diagnosed with a CHD at birth and have since passed away, who provide hope and inspiration to other kids and families facing a diagnosis. The Children’s Heart Foundation is a national non-profit that funds the most promising research to learn more about congenital heart defects (CHDs), the number-one birth defect in America.

Nels’ 3,709-mile journey, called “BIKE 4 CHF,” is an effort to raise awareness of congenital heart defects and raise $100,000 in new research dollars. “BIKE 4 CHF” is the first fundraiser of its kind for the Children’s Heart Foundation, a national non-profit that funds the most promising research to learn more about congenital heart defects, the number-one birth defect in America, which affects 40,000 babies every year and one in every 100 newborns.

Nels departs from Santa Monica, Calif., on June 8, and will arrive in New York, N.Y., on July 20. He’ll average 100 miles per day, as he crosses 15 states. Donations to CHF can be made through Nels’ Web site, www.athletes4heart.com <http://www.athletes4heart.com> . Attached you’ll find a press release with more detailed information on Nels, his journey, and the CHF.

Green Street Cycles is located at Green Street Cycles, 1310 Mike Fahey Street in Omaha, Neb.

For more information on BIKE 4 CHF, visit www.athletes4heart.com, or follow Matson’s journey on Facebook (Athletes4Heart) and on Twitter (@Athletes4Heart). For more information about the Children’s Heart Foundation, visit www.childrensheartfoundation.org 


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