Every year, cyclists Brad and Lauren Sokol from Pinecrest travel to Israel for a charity bike ride to raise funds for a pediatric rehabilitation hospital in Jerusalem.
While the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for the Sokols and other cyclists to travel to Israel for the Wheels of Love charity bike ride this year, they still supported ALYN Hospital by helping to raise millions of dollars in bike rides in different communities through #MyALYNRide.
The Sokols cycled 250 miles in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, where they are vacationing, for the fundraiser last month. The couple has supported the hospital since 2008. For Brad Sokol, who is chair of the South Dade board of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and a member of Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, this was his 10th time riding in this charity event. For Lauren Sokol, this was her 11th.
Although they weren’t able to ride in Israel this year, Brad Sokol said it “felt fantastic” to still support the hospital and the children there while cycling in the United States.
“Obviously, we love going to Israel to support the state of Israel, but at the end of the day it’s about the children and the needs of the hospital, so to have that opportunity to support them was tremendous,” he said.
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