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Jeff Babcock

Jeff Babcock

Welcome to my fund raising campaign for FacioScapuloHumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH). What does TCH4FSH mean? TCH is short for the Trans-Canada Highway. FSH is for FSH Muscular Dystrophy. I'm dovetailing the 40th anniversary of when my cousin, Gary Harvey and I rode our 10 speed bicycles 5000 miles across Canada with my desire to raise funds for researching a cure for FSH Dystrophy which I was diagnosed with 12 years ago.

It is time to celebrate! Those are the words my father sent to my cousin Gary Harvey and me in a telegram 40 years ago on the day we completed our 5000 Mile bicycle trek along the Trans-Canada Highway #1 (TCH) from Victoria Vancouver Island BC to St. John’s Newfoundland. This summer marks the 40th anniversary of that epic adventure and I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate this milestone and dovetail it with another cause close to my heart, finding a cure for FSH Dystrophy! This involves the world of genetic research and the brilliant research teams who have closed the gap and are on the verge of rolling out a clinical trial using a drug that will hopefully regulate the protein that is toxic to the muscle groups impacted by FSHD. They are so close, and success would mean the world to thousands of people impacted by FSH Dystrophy including me. They are on the proverbial final stretch of their own 5000-mile journey and the finish line is in sight! I would love to be able to send them a telegram, like the one my father sent to me, to celebrate their success, but I need your help to stop FSHD in its tracks! Memories of my trip are not the focus of what I did, rather, they are the vehicle to get people engaged.

Twelve years ago, I was diagnosed with FSH Dystrophy which is a little know but common form of Muscular Dystrophy. At that time, I my neurologist informed me that I needed to limit or stop my active lifestyle which would mean no more climbing, cycling, skiing, etc. Those of you who know me understand that this didn’t go over well with me. I simply didn’t want to give-up doing everything I loved to do with my family and friends. For me, I was fortunate and have been able to remain quite active. But for others with FSH, the story is different, and it is for them that I am asking you to have fun, get out and get active so they can have hope that they someday, with your help, might be able to regain some of their mobility and be encouragement to keep moving.

Now comes the fun part! How can you help? Simply click on “Donate” tab and contribute. My goal is to raise at least $5000, one dollar for every mile we rode our bicycles across Canada. You can directly support me or encourage your family, friends, co-workers and businesses to sponsor you per mile as you ride, run or swim and ask them to donate as well – anything helps! This summer, starting June 1st and running through August 6th, I am going to commit to riding 10% of what we rode 40 years ago which is 500 miles. It is not as easy as it was 40 years ago, but I am so excited to do my part to make this contribution to curing FSHD!

My FSH Dystrophy link is teamfshd.fshsociety.org/TCH4FSH where you and your supporters can donate in honor of your efforts. More information to come…Thanks, Jeff Babcock



Our Vision: A world free of the suffering caused by FSH Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD)

Our Mission: Find treatments and a cure for FSHD while empowering our families

Our Strategies:
- Accelerate the development of treatments and a cure for FSHD
- Increase, engage, and empower our stakeholders
- Aggressively leverage and expand resources to support our Mission

Our Core Values: Research | Community | Urgency

Please visit the FSH Society website (fshsociety.org) to learn more about FSHD, ways to get involved, and everything that is happening!

Thank you for your support! - Jeff

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40 years ago - Day 45 - Montreal day of rest - 0 miles. We enjoyed the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Old Montreal today. People are friendly and the food is something we dreamed of, much better than PB&J’s!

40 years ago - Day 45 - Montreal day of rest - 0 miles. We enjoyed the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Old Montreal today. People are friendly and the food is something we dreamed of, much better than PB&J’s!

40 years ago - Day 44 - Hawksbury to Montreal - 50 miles. After Yogi ate our food the Kennedy’s came to our rescue. They are close to retirement and are training to ride around the world. I hope they lived out their dream! Enjoyed a Padres Expos game

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40 years ago- Day 43 - Ottawa to Hawksbury - 50 miles. Today we crossed into Quebec from Ottawa, our 6th Provence. Also, Yogi ate our food we left out on our picnic table in a provincial park. We typically hoist our food up but didn’t today.

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40 years ago - Day 42 - Pembroke to Ottawa 92 miles. Riding along the Ottawa River was such a departure for me, rivers in CO aren’t quite this big. Ottawa was beautiful, nice locals shared stories, beer, laughter and their backyard.

40 years a - Day 41 - Mattawa to Pembroke - 110 miles. Sandlot...Woke up to rain and mosquitoes! Packed fast and hit the road. The day was great and ended up on home plate of the 1978 Pee Wee Champions! A field of dreams where we played frisbee.

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40 years ago - Day 40 - North Bay to Mattawa- 60 miles. The sky is falling, Skylab that is! NASA projects that Skylab will crash into earth this afternoon right on top of us...wish us luck

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40 years ago - Day 38 - Temagami to North Bay- 65 miles. This was another highly anticipated day as we needed to get to North Bay to pickup comfort mail from family and friends. Swamps flanked the TCH and shoulders were making a comeback.

40 years ago - Day 38 - Earlton to Temagami- 60 miles. It was so much fun chatting with the people we met on our journey. These kids rode up to us and started asking us what we were doing. We shared our dream, broke out the big NatGeo map we had.

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40 years ago - Day 37 - Val Gagne to Earlton - 80 miles. As we rode along the TCH day after day, we foun ourselves enjoying the simple things along the way. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets were a daily blessing I truly enjoyed.

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40 years ago - Day 36 - Smooth Rock to Val Gagne - 80 miles. Logs float down the Kabinakagami River on the way to the mills. They totally filled the river from bank to bank as far as the eye could see.

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40 years ago - Day 35 - Mattice to Smooth Rock - 80 miles. A beautiful day! Long stretches of TCH that dissolved into mirages in the distance! Mosquitoes attacked us last night leading to a hilarious attempt to get in our tent w/o them.

40 years ago - Day 34 - Ameson to Mattice 60 miles. The 4th of July in Canada was just another day, it was up to us to make it special. Grocery stores were sparse and there was one chance in a town called Hearst to score some food. We lucked out!

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40 years ago- Geraldton to Ameson - 110 miles. Fun to talk to locals along the way is so fun. They share stories an comment on what we were doing. They warned us of bear, moose and wolves out there and that we were crazy to camp in just a tent. Owls!

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40 years ago - Day 32 - Nipigon to Geraldton 100 miles. The Northern Route was starting out to be an absolutely beautiful ride. Roads were narrow but traffic was light. Scenery was spectacular and camp sites plentiful. Towns were few and far between.

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40 years ago - Day 31 - Thunder Bay to Nipigon - 70 miles. During the course of 2000 miles I have had 10 broken spokes and 3 flats. Gary has had none, until today. His tire was warn down to the thread and he flatted out. Both of us packed extra tires

JUN
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40 years ago - Day 30 - Raith to Thunder Bay 96 miles. Today we were all set to pick up mail in Thunder Bay but arrived after it closed and learned that Monday was Canada Day and it was closed so we had to move on without our mail. Major bummer!

40 years ago - Day 29 - Ignace to Raith 96 miles. As the days slip by we are getting more confident in our riding skills and strength. It is hard to explain what it is like to ride with so much weight and bulk. It throws off balance.

JUN
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40 years ago- Day 28 - Dryden to Ignace. 66 miles. Today we were invaded by billions of fuzzy caterpillars migrating from the north to south across the TCH. Traffic reduced them to a greasy mess on the road and yes, on us! Old roads were good 4 tent.

40 years ago- Day 27 - Kenora to Dryden 60 miles. Now that we are in Ontario, we noticed that the shoulders had vanished forcing us to ride on the white line. Tough with trucks that meet going east and west 2way TCH

40 years ago- - Day 26 - Headingley to Dryden 130 miles. Wind was at our back so we were literally blown 130 miles into the Provence of Ontario. We had a new nemesis, wolf flys! Similar to our horsefly but they fly in squadron formation and attack!

JUN
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40 years ago- Day 25 - Winnipeg back to Headingley- 20 miles. Here is a map of our progress so far and we are making a dent in the 5000 miles. We had to ride west to Headingley where our dads picked us up to pamper us in Winnipeg. Back in the saddle.

JUN
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40 years ago- Day 24 - Winnipeg- 0 miles. Today we said goodbye to our dads. Such an amazing time with them. Power living for three days. We got more bike issues taken care of, watched a Clint Eastwood movie and called it good. Tomorrow we ride again

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40 years ago- Day 23 - Winnipeg- 0 miles! A day of R&R for this foursome! Fixed bikes, sent film to NatGeo, played golf and enjoyed time together with the most amazing fathers in the world, Alan and Cal (George).

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40 years ago- Day 22 - Brandon to Winnipeg. Today we meet our fathers In Winnipeg but 130 miles, rain and wind conspired to dampen our spirits. When that didn’t work, two broken spokes thrown in didn’t work. We met and good times were at hand!

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40 years ago -Day 20 - Regina to Moosomin 130 miles. Actually today is World FSHD Day. My wife, sister and I went to the Denver Chapter meeting at the CU Anshutz medical research center to hear about the amazing progress they have made to a cure.

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40 years ago - Day 19 - Moose Jaw to Regina 60 miles. A dogs tale...as we pedaled peacefully through the plains of Saskatchewan a big, bad, mad dog took pursuit of us. We saw him closing in on us quickly as he ran through the tall wheat. We won, whew

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40 years ago-Day 18 - Swift Current to Moose Jaw - 107 miles. “Give us this day our daily bread” became a fulfilled promise today as we lost our bag of bread somewhere along the TCH today and local custom of closing stores on Mondays. A man shared🤗

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40 years ago - Day 16 - Medicine Hat to Gull Lake 103 miles. This was our 1st of many century plus days and I had a hitchhiker. A mouse ate my granola bars last night and he or his buddy was a castaway in my rear pannier now 100 miles from home.

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40 years ago- Brooks to Medicine Hat 40 miles. Yet another day of wind and 18 wheelers to contend with. Not every town marked on our big map of Canada was actually a town...some were only grain silos so no food or water. Tough lesson to learn...

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40 years ago - Day 14 - Strathmore to Brooks 90 miles. We proclaimed Strathmore the “Donut Capitol of the world”. Today we were challenged by fierce winds from the north (our left) which kicked up blinding sand storms and tornado like turbulence.

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40 years ago - Day 13 - Calgary to Strathmore. Mail day! Gary set up several mail stops along our route and Calgary was #1. We got heart warming letters from family which gave us extra energy. Played frisbee in the park and road 50 miles in 2 hours.

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40 years ago - Day 12 - Banff to Calgary -86 miles. The Irish Blessing, “May the wind be always at your back” would have been welcome today but it wasn’t to be. Fierce winds became our foe now, not the steep grades of the Rockies. Camp site was Gulf.

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40 years ago - Day 11 - Golden to Banff 86 miles. Today we rode over Kicking Horse Pass at 5403 feet. A long hail with 2800 vertical to Lake Louise which wasn’t very impressive so we rode on to Banff. We are ready to put BC in our rear view mirror,.

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40 years ago - Day 10 - Canyon Hot Spring to Golden - 70 miles. We are in the heart of the Canadian Rockies which means grueling uphill grunts we termed EM’s (Earned Miles) which were rewarded with crazy, white knuckle downhill rides we termed FM’s.

40 years ago - Day 8 - Sicamous to Canyon Hot Spring- 90 miles. Today we would hit the 500 point which marks 10% of our 5000 mile destination in St. John’s NFLD. We are sore from the long, hard rides but hot springs are waiting in Canyon Hot Springs.

40 years ago - Day 8 - Kamloops to Sicamous 90 miles. A beautiful day riding around turquoise lakes and green rolling hills. We met Mori, a milkman from Osaka Japan. Tried to bridge a language barrier and had fun learning more about him.

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40 years ago today - Day 7 Walhachin to Kamloops 35 miles. This was a short ride because it was laundry day. You can only fit so much in the panniers pictured here. Clothes, cooking gear, stove etc. Gary also got some lower gears as the Rockies ahead

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Day 6 - Lytton to Walhachin- 70 miles. 40 years ago was a windy day...granny gear going downhill. We got to camp that night in the ghost orchards of Walhachin. Over 100 years ago this was an area planned out to be a new Eden but bad luck ended it all

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Day 5 - Yale to Lytton. This day 40 years ago we rode up the Fraser Canyon, through Hell’s Gate and had to ride through several long, dark, wet terrifying tunnels. Also figured out how to replace a broken spoke on the freewheel side, the 1st of many!

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Day 4 - on this day 40 years ago we rode about 90 miles from Maple Ridge to Lytton. Parts of the TCH are closed to bicycles around large urban centers. We had to take the TCH Alternate which took us through some amazingly beautiful landscapes.

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Day3. View from the Ironworks Bridge spanning the bay along TCH highway 1. Today we rode about 79 miles from Nanaimo to Maple Ridge.

My cousin, Gary Harvey signing autographs for a bunch of excited school kids in Victoria BC - Day 1.

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$1,280
raised of $5,000 goal
 

Recent Donations

1. ?Anonymous
I hope they get the clinical trial going soon. I am pledging to swim 30 times this summer!!!
$100.00
2. PRPaul Root
Here is to a cure....you wild & crazy guy!
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3. RLRandy Limmer
Great pics and great cause.
4. GBGeorge And Julie Babcock
We are enjoying reliving your TCH trip! We are hoping for a cure for FSH.
5. MWMeredith Westerdale
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6. DMDelores Marquez
Jeff - Wow, what an amazing story! Wishing you the best of luck on your new adventure! We are cheering for you.