[Note: This follow-up story is from the Steubenville Herald-Star.]
Adena native Kevin Madzia learned a lot about himself this summer during a 4,200-mile, coast-to-coast bicycle ride he completed in a Miles for Melanoma awareness and fund-raising trip in memory of his father, George, who died of melanoma in November 2002.
For one thing, no matter how much you’ve trained, despite the best-laid plans, stuff happens. In Madzia’s case – after setting out on the journey coincidentally on June 20, Father’s Day, the son of Sandy Madzia of Adena crashed and broke his collarbone five days later.
It happened near Harrison, Idaho, and initially devastated Madzia, a 1983 graduate of Buckeye West High School.
In the end, however, even that mishap contributed to an overall positive experience where the former self-employed software engineer raised more than $13,000 and landed a job along the way as an information technology manager for a chain of bicycle shops, moving from Pittsburgh to Chagrin Falls, near Cleveland.