Ben Bikes China – Weekend Charity Event – Part 1
July 23-24, 2016
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
Approx. 400km Bike
first day and ride back second day
(~200km one way)
Chengyang Qingdao to Yantai
Anne French – his cousin who is battling breast cancer and receiving chemo as we speak.
My name is Ben Jubelt and I’m a graduate of Lake Orion High School. I also studied music education at Oakland University. In addition, I am certified as an English teacher to speakers of other languages. I am currently teaching English at a university in China. I am also a certified personal fitness trainer at the local gym. I have been involved in sports from the age of four when I began playing little league baseball and later soccer. In high school, I participated in wrestling, baseball, soccer, cross country and track and field.
Personally, I have a passion for helping others and encouraging them to be the best version of themselves they can be. As a teacher, it is my commitment to impact my students in ways that will last a lifetime and hopefully echo into eternity. I am convinced if the only thing I do for my students is improve their English then I have failed them.
Since hearing of my cousin, Anne French’s recent diagnoses and current battle with cancer, I have felt a huge tug on my heart to help in some way. I mean, of course I can pray for her but I want to do something tangible – physically, to help her. It was about this time that I read about my classmate, Brian Thomas – his incredible and miraculous victory over stage IV melanoma and his story of running across the country to raise funds and awareness for cancer patients and the struggles they face during their personal battles with cancer. I was immediately lit on fire! I knew this was the way I could help my cousin. Although, I can’t run ultra long distances due to back issues, I am able to ride a bicycle.
Honestly, I’ve never ridden a bike more than maybe 45 miles way back when I was in high school. I’ve never participated in any road bike races or even casual activities. Heck, I haven’t even owned a bike for the past 8 years! And now I am committing to ride a bike 500 km in two days! I know it will take a lot of preparation and training both mentally and physically to be victorious. I will be pushing my body to it’s limits in a parallel to the struggle Anne is facing and as her body is being pushed to it’s limits while she battles cancer.
I am proud to take on this challenge and will never give up! A quote that I have lived by and held deep in my heart is this: “Unless a man undertakes more than he can possibly do, he will never do all he can!” This quote was on the wall of our wrestling room at LOHS. I first read it after I had begun my uphill recovery from a broken back and the lumbar/sacral junction. I was weak and scared to re-injure my back but I also knew that unless I got stronger I was never going to fully recover. Reading that quote every practice gave me the push I needed every day to keep going, keep going, keep going!
Scripture also tells us, “To whom much has been given, much shall be required.” I am convinced that I have been blessed beyond measure and WAY beyond what I deserve. It is with this in mind that I seek to “pay it forward.” I encourage everyone else to do the same. Count your blessings and pay it forward!