Nick’s journey

By on May 15, 2019

Nick Valudes of Lititz is a young man on a mission.

The Lititz resident and Warwick High School student will be riding 700 miles from Sandusky, Ohio to Point Pleasant, New Jersey this summer in honor of his friend Levi Hains. As a boy, Hains was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and has dealt with the disease ever since.

Valudes will be participating via JettRide, a cross country cycle tour designed for teenagers to help spread awareness, unite families and inspire several others to join the fight against Duchenne.

“I want to show Levi how much we care for him,” Valudes said. “My goal is to raise awareness about this rare disease and money so that we can make a difference in the families lives that have a child with Duchenne.”

Lititz resident Nick Valudes (right) will be riding 700 miles from Ohio to New Jersey this summer, in honor of his family friend Levi Hains (left). As a young boy, Hains was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

“Seeing how Levi lives on a daily basis made me really want to make a difference in his life, and I thought the JettRide would be an amazing opportunity to do just that,” he added. “I’ve known him for about three years now. What inspires me about him is that he doesn’t let this disease get in the way of him living his life at it’s fullest.”

Valudes’ journey begins July 12, and along the way, he’ll make stops in four states. During the trip, Valudes will also be visiting very special people.

“I’m sure over the course of 700 miles there will be so much to see, but I’m looking forward to visiting with Duchenne families where we will be staying overnight along the way.”

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Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at or 717-721-4423. 

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