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Athletes

Donations made on behalf of an athlete will be directly sent to The Seeing Eye, Inc. 

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Jim Freiss

Jim Freiss is fundraising for The Seeing Eye Inc (justgiving.com)

Donate to Jim here

Founder of Puppy Ride Long Island.  


“I am involved with Puppy Ride Long Island to honor and remember my late brother John, his guide dog Hero and to support an organization that did so much for him.  I know what we do here will continue to help others who are sight impaired like my brother.  The Seeing Eye, Inc. is an awesome organization with an incredibly passionate team of employees and volunteers that deliver dignity and mobility to the blind through their guide dog foundation!  I am all in with The Seeing Eye!”
Previous Events for the Puppies: 
Zion 100 Trail Run - 2018, 
Solo Crossing Puppy Ride of New York – 2020
Washington DC to Pittsburg Puppy Ride - 2021
Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride – 2022
Upcoming Events
Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride - 2023

Bill Gironda

Bill Gironda is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc

Donate to Bill Here

Member of Puppy Ride Long Island.


I am excited to be able to participate in this years Puppy Ride Long Island ride for the Seeing Eye, Inc. from Niagara Falls to Long Island.   I am honored to support a fabulous organization that did so much for my good friend Jim Freiss’ late brother John and his guide dog Hero.  I was blessed to have been able to meet them both.
I also ride for Patrick McCoy and Griffin Pinkow whom have also benefited from guide dog pairings from the Seeing Eye, Inc.
It is an organization that most positively changes lives! Knowing those individuals firsthand that have benefited from them makes it that much more special.

Upcoming Events:
Niagara Falls to Long Island Puppy Ride – 2023
Muscleman Half Ironman - 2023

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Barbara McCoy

Barbara McCoy is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Donate to Barbara Here

 

“Having lost my mom to cancer as well as supporting my husband who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for over 16 years, I was inspired to participate in fundraising activities for Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Michael J Fox Foundation.  In 2021, my friend and fellow athlete, Jim Freiss, graciously assisted my husband in adopting a change in career seeing eye dog, Hunter, a precious Golden Retriever who as my husband’s companion has become beloved member of our family. I was able to participate in last year’s 2022 Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride.   I am honored and privileged to again join this year’s Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride in remembrance of Jim’s late brother, John, and his guide dog, Hero, to support The Seeing Eye’s great work.

 

Past Fundraising Activities

2021 -Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride

2022 -Sprint, Olympic, & Half Ironman Events in 23 states (LLS & MJF Foundation)

2014~2022Marine Corp Marathon Team Chris

2016 & 2017 5 Mile Swim LLS -- 2015

Upcoming Fundraising Activities:Ride for the Puppies -- 2023Triathlons in Rhode Island, South Carolina, & Alabama – 2023 

Bill Ude

Bill Ude is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc. 

Donate to Bill by clicking here

 I was privileged to join our team leader Jim Freiss in 2021 and 2022 Riding for the Puppies in support of The Seeing Eye, Inc. I am looking forward to fundraising and riding the 2023 Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride on the New York State Empire Trail in remembrance of Jim’s late brother, John and his guide dog, Hero and to support The Seeing Eye’s great work. I feel very blessed to be healthy and have the ability to help others. Last year we had the privilege of touring the facility in New jJersey, which deepened our support for this foundation. 

 

Previous cycling event for the Puppies. 

Washington DC to Pittsburg Puppy Ride – 2021

Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride –2022

Upcoming events 

Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride 

Jones Beach half Iron

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David DuBois

David is fundraising for The Seeing Eye Inc 
Donate to David here

“I have been active in sports my entire life. Soccer and tennis have been my go to sports throughout my life. I’ve gone through many phases over the years, weight lifting, running, swimming, I started cycling recently, (about 8 years now). The passion I have for cycling is tremendous. What started as a new form of recreation has turned into an obsession. 
Between training and charity rides I have racked up a decent amount of century rides, (over 100 miles). At 64 years on this planet I appreciate the low impact and sense of freedom while riding. Endurance rides are not for the faint of heart. It definitely takes training and determination.
I’m looking forward to many more years of cycling along with enjoying other sports."

Previous Cycling Event For the Puppies

Washington DC to Pittsburg Puppy Ride – 2021

Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride –2022

Upcoming events 

Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride 

Victor Fassano

Victor is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc

Donate to Victor Here

“I was fortunate enough to meet Jim Freiss a few years ago. He told me stories of he’s brother John and what a difference Hero He’s Seeing Eye dog made in his life. The stories moved me so much that I wanted to help. Now I’m here helping to raise money for The Seeing Eye!

Previous Events for the Puppies:

Washington to Pittsburg Puppy Ride - 2021

Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride - 2022

Upcoming Events

Niagara Falls to Long Island Puppy Ride 2023

RAGBRIA 2023 My third in three years

I’m competing in my first Iron Man 70.4 in July & my second one in September.

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Jay Ratto

Jay is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Donate to Jay Here

 

Member of Puppy Ride Long Island.

 
“I am involved with Puppy Ride Long Island to honor and remember my Buddy Jim Freiss’s  late brother John, his guide dog Hero and to support an organization that did so much for him.  I know what we do here will continue to help others who are sight impaired like John.  The Seeing Eye, Inc. is an awesome organization with an incredibly passionate team of employees and volunteers that deliver dignity and mobility to the blind through their guide dog foundation!  I am all in with The Seeing Eye!”
Previous Events for the Puppies: 
Washington DC to Pittsburg Puppy Ride - 2021
Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride – 2022
Upcoming Events
Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride - 2023

Glenn Morse

Glenn Morse is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc. 

Donate to Glenn by clicking here

“I’ve been doing multi-day and across state bike rides for 40 years, including several fundraisers for the South Dakota Lung Association. I was privileged to join our team leader Jim Freiss in 2021 and 2022 Riding for the Puppies in support of The Seeing Eye, Inc. I am looking forward to fundraising and riding the 2023 Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride on the New York State Empire Trail in remembrance of JIm’s late brother, John and his guide dog, Hero and to support The Seeing Eye’s great work. This year’s ride will allow me to once again combine my passion for cycling while contributing to the premiere guide dog organization in the country.”

Previous Cycling Activities
South Dakota Lung Association Black Hills Rides
Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (38 years)
Cycle Oregon
Ride Idaho
Bike Virginia
Ride the Rockies

In addition to the 2023 Ride for the Puppies, I will be doing my 39th RAGBRAI in July.

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Kevin Green

Kevin Green is fundraising for The Seeing Eye Inc.

 

Donate to Kevin here

(Ride Support for Puppy Ride Long Island​)

“I am proud to be involved in Puppy Ride Long Island.  I give thanks to Jim for asking me to be part of this great group.  I am proud to be able to contribute in a small way to making the rides a success.  Last year, on the Puppy Ride 2022, I supported the team riding across Ohio and really enjoyed the team and being there for them!  I look forward to being with everyone again this year riding across New York.”

 

Previous Events for the Puppies

Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride – 2022

Upcoming Events
Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride - 2023

Kate and David Mickle 

Kate and David are fundraising for The Seeing Eye Inc

Donate to Kate and David here
(Ride Support for Puppy Ride Long Island​)


“My husband (David) and I are so excited to be able to volunteer as part of the support team for this year’s Puppy Ride!
This event and The Seeing Eye, Inc. are dear to our hearts.  We witnessed first-hand how our brother John’s life dramatically improved with his seeing eye dog, Hero.  We love that we can help raise funds and awareness for the generous organization.  
The bonus is that we can support and cheer on our brother, Jim and the Puppy Ride Long Island Group!”

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