On Saturday July 16th, 2005, Claire Mix [about] began an extraordinary journey when she crossed the Golden Gate Bridge on her way to the California State Capitol in Sacramento, where she arrived on July 23, 2005! What is even more extraordinary is that Claire suffers from a neurological disorder in the Parkinson family of diseases, and that she crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and made this 120+ mile journey on a Rascal Mobility scooter.

Claire is "blazen" to raise funds for - and awareness of - the Parkinson family of diseases. But this is not only a way to raise funds for The National Parkinson Foundation. She hopes to inspire her students to never give up, and to "GET UP!" (off the couch), "GET OUT!"(side), and "GET IN"(volved). The first road trip may be over but the journey has just begun, and your support can still make a big difference!

This is a fundraiser, so one important way you can help is by making a donation. Whether large or small, your contribution will help support essential Parkinson research efforts, patient services, education, and outreach.

In the United States it is estimated that 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, joining the 1.5 million Americans who currently have Parkinson disease. While the condition usually develops after the age of 65, 15% of those diagnosed are under 50, as Claire was.

Visit the National Parkinson Foundation web site for more information on these diseases.

Christian Pflaumer is associated with Life-In-Motion.org, and Mixer wants to thank him, and the organization, for all of their help with the PR for the fundraiser. In a recent email Christian told Mixer, "(Life-in-Motion.org) made it possible that I could help you publicize your scooter ride, which was great fun."

• Be sure to visit the original Blaze'n For The Raise'n blog, too!

New in July 2015 for the 10th Anniversary we have set up a Playlist on Claire's YouTube channel featuring videos about Blaze'n For The Raise'n. Some of those videos are embedded below, but click here to take a look at the entire playlist!

• Always looking at milestones, our blog received its' 2,000th hit on July 17th or 18, and its' 3,000th hit on July 27, 2005!

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Day Two: San Pablo Bay

I didn't get over to take any photos today, but I did just off the phone with Mixer (no internet in her room tonight). She was just checking into the hotel when I called, and had travelled 29-32 miles today. Her trip passed through Pinole, Rodeo and into Vallejo, along the San Pablo Bay. On arrival they found out that the A/C was not working at the hotel, but are not too worried since it is not all that hot in Vallejo (Weather Underground has the temperature at 82 in Vallejo and 101 in Sacramento as I type this). She said it was hot on the road today and that she "drank 16,000 gallons of water" and used "60 tons of sun block"!

Earlier in the day Mixer and PG went through the drive-thru at a McDonalds on their scooters. The staff was a bit confused, but served them anyway!

There was one scary section going through an industrial area that she thinks was Pinole. While never any actual danger, it was an uncomfortable ride and the van stayed close behind with the blinkers on. She also mentioned that handicap access was not great, and that there were a couple of places where she had to backtrack to find a driveway or ramp to get across a street.

Last, she mentioned a wonderful incident last night at the hotel. Standing outside waiting for Eric to pull the van around, she spotted a jewish man as he walked out of the hotel door. She went over to speak to him and ended up celebrating Havdalah with him, his friend and Eric. She was even able to say the blessing over the wine which, according to one web site, might have been: Barukh atah Adonai Elohaynu melekh ha-olam, borei p’riy ha-gafen. (Amein) (Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine. (Amen))

She was starting to munch on a salad as we hung up, and is looking forward to a dip in the pool later, and then ... relax!

Stay tuned, there are six more days left!
Many thanks to Tanya's mom, Gita, for the photos from Day 2! View the rest of her photos here


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