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By Caitlin Moyles
Special to the Almanac
Jason Bradeen of Woodside will kick off Memorial Day Weekend by riding his bike from San Francisco, down the Peninsula, and around the Woodside area continuously for 24 hours to raise money for Tibetan Delek Hospital, a charitable hospital in Northern India that provides affordable care to Tibetan refugees and local Indians.
Mr. Bradeen will begin "24 for the Forgotten" at noon on Saturday, May 28, in San Francisco's Washington Square Park. He aims to ride 200 miles within the 24 hours.
Charity rides are nothing new for Mr. Bradeen, a 33-year-old school counselor at Charles Armstrong School, located in Belmont, for students with language-based learning differences. He completed two rides to raise money for the San Francisco Mental Health Association while getting his master's degree in school counseling at San Jose State.
"It's a pretty amazing feeling when it's 3 in the morning and you're the only one out there," said Mr. Bradeen. Still, after the two December charity rides, Mr. Bradeen says he is excited to be doing "24 for the Forgotten" during a warmer month.
His wife, Nicole Bradeen, and other friends will drive a support car, while pal Jim Little will join him for part of the ride.
Mr. Bradeen's interest in the Tibetan people dates back to his days as a student at the University of Maine, when a Tibetan freedom concert he saw on C-SPAN prompted him to start a chapter of Students for a Free Tibet.
He came up with the idea for his "24 for the Forgotten" charity ride after hearing the Forgotten International founder Tom Nazario speak about the organization's "Living on a Dollar a Day" campaign at an event in the fall of 2010.
The Forgotten International is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that aims to spread poverty awareness and sends small grants, volunteers, and supplies to grassroots village programs around the world.
Donations in support of Mr. Bradeen's charity ride can be made online by clicking here. All donations will be sent to the hospital after the ride, he said.