Yosemite High 2015 graduate Aaron Mulkey, 18, will be entering the U.S. Coast Guard, leaving June 11 for boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey.
But before that chapter of his life, the Eagle Scout will participate this weekend in a 170-mile bike ride to raise funds for the national Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Mulkey became aware of MS while living with one of his father’s old friends and his wife while attending EMS University in Phoenix. Family friend Megan White has lived with MS for many years.
Knowing Aaron was an avid bike rider, she challenged him to join other riders and help raise funds.
He accepted the challenge and is reaching out to friends and family to sponsor him with financial pledges for the ride. His goal is to raise $750 for MS research.
“At first I was going to do the event just for the bike ride, but when I found out Megan had MS, I realized the event meant a whole lot more to me than just a bike ride,” Mulkey said.
His two-day ride will take him and hundreds of bike riders from Phoenix through portions of the Sonoran Desert.
Long distance biking is not new to Mulkey. During the summer of 2014, he was part of a “family” 3,000-mile bike ride from Oregon to New York City. That marathon trip included his father and mother, David and Sherri, brother Johnathon and little sister Anika, 15 and 6 years old at the time.
“The best part of Aaron’s fundraising efforts is the joy of seeing your kid take the tools he learned at home and apply them to life on his own,” said Sherri. “We are pretty proud of him for using his talent to benefit others. No other Team Mulkey members are riding, but we will be there to serve as a support team for Aaron.”
NOTE: Anyone can donate to the cause by going to main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/teammulkey .