Randy Schell, a cardiac anesthesiologist who completed a 4,100-mile coast-to-coast bike ride in 2001 as a fundraiser for the Redlands-based Unforgettables Foundation, is in the middle of another hike for the Unforgettables.
Schell and his cycling partner David Moliterno ride from Washington State near the Canadian border to Tecate, Calif., To the Mexican border, on “Dr. Randy’s Unforgettable Ride 2.0.” They started the 2,400 mile trip on August 20 and plan to complete it on October 2.
They will reach the Redlands area on September 24, when Spencer Sherwin from Yucaipa joins them, riding from Yucaipa to Redlands. Sherwin, 24, will ride a suitable two-person bike with his father, Tom Sherwin.
Spencer Sherwin is a former La Sierra University student who continues to recover from a serious spinal nerve injury resulting from a car accident last year, according to a press release. Through physiotherapy, he strengthens his arms, hands and shoulders for the hike. The adapted bike is loaned by Redlands dentist Andy Boyd and his wife, Carolyn, whose late son Case suffered from muscular dystrophy.
The Sherwins’ ride is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on September 24, from the San Bernardino National Forest Visitor Center in Mill Creek, at the junction of Mill Creek Road / Highway 38 and Bryant Street. Tim Evans, founder and CEO of The Unforgettables, and other local residents will join the Sherwins.
The ride will end at The Unforgettables Headquarters, 345 W. Pearl Ave., Redlands.
A gala reception will be held the following evening, 6 to 9:30 p.m., September 25, at Avila’s Historic 1929, 3252 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. Tickets are $ 120 to $ 250, available on unforgettable.org. The profits will be donated to the Unforgettable Foundation.
Randy Schell, professor of anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, is a longtime friend of Tom Sherwin, a pediatric emergency physician at Loma Linda University Medical Center, who also served as the first chairman of the board of directors of the Unforgettables Foundation.
Schell, Sherwin and Unforgettables founder Tim Evans attended Adventist high schools in Michigan and ended up in Southern California, where Schell and Sherwin attended Loma Linda University medical school. Evans was the founding chaplain of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital before founding The Unforgettables, a non-profit organization that helps families cover burial costs after a child dies.
For more information, visit unforgettable.org.