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Strath Haven duo nears destination of Key West in 30-day bike trip for Alzheimer’s fundraiser

Saturday, 11th July 2020

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 7/11/20Staff Report

Strath Haven rising seniors Charlie Dawes and Walter Clauss have completed all but one leg in a remarkable journey that has raised over $20,000 for families dealing with a loved one that has Alzheimer’s.

The duo should reach their final destination of Key West Sunday after starting their trip 30 days ago from Delaware County.

Dawes and Clauss created “Ride for the A’s” ( and decided to bike 1,700 miles to Key West, the furthest beach on the East Coast, in hopes of raising $15,000 for an annual Alzheimer’s fundraising project run by the Strath Haven boys’ lacrosse program.

The lengthy journey has brought so much interest they shattered their original goal.

Ride for the A’s is an offshoot from “Play for the A’s,” (to donate click here) developed 7 years ago by Panthers coach Jef Hewlings. Entering this year, $90,000 had been raised for funds that bring support, comfort, and relief to the families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. Already this year, with Ride for the A’s, the two fundraisers have brought in over $25,000.

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Below are some Instagram posts by Dawes and Clauss.



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