Over The Rainbow Assocation hosts 8th annual Rainbow Challenge Tour

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The Over The Rainbow Association (OTR) and its riders will be participating in the Evanston Bicycle Club’s North Shore Century Bike Ride on Sunday, September 20.

Riders choose to ride 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles along the scenic course through the North Shore.

Riders for OTR will start and finish at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. in Evanston, IL.

This year marks the eighth year that OTR will be part of Evanston Bicycle Club’s North Shore Century Bike Ride.

The Rainbow Challenge Tour chairs this year are Madelyn Danielak from Glenview, Illinois and Mandy Kloepfer from Rockford, Illinois.

Madelyn is a support of OTR and has been involved in chairing, organizing and serving on a number of committees for numerous successful fundraising events including OLPH, Loyola Academy and Misericordia.

Madelyn, her husband and her four sons will be riding the Rainbow Challenge Tour course along with other family and friends to support OTR.

Mandy Kloepfer is an OTR resident who suffered a traumatic brain injury in her early twenties and has since earned multiple degrees including a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and most recently a Master’s Degree in Forensic Accounting.

“Having a new sense of independence means a lot to me.” said Kloepfer. ” Now I can choose what I want to do and when I want to do it. I can make my own decisions and learn from my mistakes.”

Mandy, formerly with the military police, rides her own adaptive bike with the wounded warriors and for last year in the Rainbow Challenge Tour for the first time.

OTR hopes that with the assistance of these chairs they can reach their goal of $100,000 this year.

Last year over 150 riders took part from OTR and together raised over $150,000.

Over The Rainbow Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the quality of life for people with physical disabilities through the creation of affordable, barrier-free housing solutions that encourage independence.

OTR owns and/or manages ten apartment communities throughout northern Illinois and the Chicago Metropolitan area designed specifically for those who are mobility impaired.

Over The Rainbow recently began a Resident Services program to help residents become more independent and more engaged with the community around them.

The Rainbow Challenge Tour helps raise awareness and funds to continue OTR’s mission of providing homes to over 200 residents, which continues to grow as they build.

For more information on the Over The Rainbow Association as well as their programs and events visit otrassn.org or contact Kaitlin Lavelle at KLavelle@otrassn.org.


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