Rider Curcio Hits $15,000 Goal for YMCA Assistance
LIMERICK PA – Another 100-mile challenge ride by Spring Valley YMCA booster and employee John Curcio is now successful history. YMCA Executive Director Katie Koch reported Friday (March 3, 2023), after all the tallying was completed, that Curcio met his goal to raise $15,000 in financial support of Y memberships for those in need of assistance.
Although confined to a wheelchair following a 1988 accident, Curcio used his upper body strength and a special exercise machine Wednesday (March 1) to “pedal” his way to a victory made possible by community, private, and corporate donors. The 2023 fund-raising ride at the 19 W. Linfield-Trappe Rd. facility was only the latest of several Curcio has undertaken.
The money benefits the annual campaign of the Greater Philadelphia YMCA, of which Spring Valley is a branch, and is specifically earmarked for its financial assistance program. Koch said it ensures “we are able to offer financial assistance” and “never have to turn families away” from becoming Y members.
Curcio was visited during his Wednesday ride by crowds of people (some of them are at top, with Curcio in the center), as well as by other fitness buffs, interested YMCA patrons, and even a group of child cheerleaders (above and below). “It is humbling to see so many people from the community rally around one person’s love and dedication to the Y,” Koch said.
Donations to the ride are still being accepted online.
Photos provided by the Spring Valley YMCA
Other coverage of the 100-mile challenge:
John Curcio’s 100-Mile Ride Benefits YMCA Members
Spring Valley YMCA member and employee John Curcio will ride 100 miles March 1, hoping to raise $15,000 en route, and he’ll never leave its gym. The money will make Y memberships more affordable for those in need.