A recent Chicago Tribune article mentioned this Grand Illinois Trail tour benefiting the Spina Bifida Association of Illinois. The two riders started yesterday and plan to finish on August 26. They are asking for pledges, and donors can win raffle prizes.
When I was riding across the country, people often asked me what cause I was riding for. I was almost embarrassed to say, "Um, just because I want to." It seemed so selfish. On the other hand, I'm just not the fundraising type. I really hated being forced to do that stuff when I was younger. At least when I was a kid, people would give me money just for being cute. Nowadays, they'd tell me to buzz off.