Miles to End Polio

Join Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko and Rotary staff members as they bike in El Tour de Tucson to raise funds for the fight to end polio. 

The Challenge

Each November, Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and a team of staff members join Rotary members to bike up to 100 miles in El Tour de Tucson to raise funds for polio eradication. The event is one of the top cycling events in the U.S. and attracts more than 9,000 cyclists each year. Through Miles to End Polio, Rotary has raised more than $53.3 million for eradication efforts, including matching funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Learn more about the team members, follow them as they train, and add your support by donating.   

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The Rotary Team

Brad Winckler

Brad is a Product Manager at Rotary International, with a focus on philanthropy applications. He's also a bit obsessed with cycling and loves getting out on his bike no matter the conditions. Brad loves riding with fast groups whenever possible. He believes that cycling is one of the best ways to meet people and see new places. This will be Brad's first time riding el Tour de Tuscon, and he wishes he could start right now!

Courtney Drew

By day, Drew is a Learning Specialist on the Learning & Development team at One Rotary Center. Since joining Rotary in 2014, she’s had the incredible opportunity to connect with thousands of Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Youth Exchange students through International Assembly, International Convention, World Polio Day, and even a few regional and district events. Drew is continually inspired by the stories, the love, and the dedication the Rotary family shows to create positive, lasting change in the world and ending Polio once and for all. Drew’s superpowers include doing silly things to make others smile, energizing her friends and colleagues, and creating connections. She loves music, going on adventures, and staying active. 

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David Roszkowski

David is a Web Developer on the Web Team at One Rotary Center. David began cycling in 2014, and has been hooked since. He enjoys riding with fast groups, but also rides frequently with friends a leisurely paces. He believes that cycling is a great way to stay healthy, meet friends, and a great excuse to drink coffee. He'll be completing the 100 mile route.

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Jose Zambrano

I have been very fortunate to be able to participate in the Miles to End Polio team in 2016 and now this year. Miles to End Polio is more than just a bicycling event; it is what makes Rotary a family to me. El Tour de Tucson brings us together in a way unlike anything I’ve ever seen, I am very grateful to be part of this fundraising adventure ride which is one of the largest and longest bicycling events attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities.  Cycling has taught me that I am unstoppable when I take on challenges with good people by my side. The race took everything in me, and yet it gave me so much more. It is unfortunate that there are many children around the world who might not have the opportunity to enjoy life the same way as me due to the fear of Polio. To think that we are so close to eradicating polio once and for all is motivating and I am very proud of being part of the team fighting it.

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Stuart Jessup

Stuart is passionate about Rotary's fight to eradicate polio. With a previous background in fintech, an interest in internaional development, and a home just down the street from Rotary's Evanston headquarters, his lucky stars aligned with the opportunity to be their finance Project Manager. Stuart is excited to join th eMiles to End Polio team and more directly promote Rotary's flagship initiative, meeting lots of people who provide vital support along the way. Stuart used to ride an awful, awful lot. It was lots of spandex, lots of races. He may have fallen off the cycling wagon, but he's back in the saddle for the cause. He's not worried about his return to racing, "it's just like riding a bike"!

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Diedre Suri

Diedre is a Support Center Coordinator at Rotary International. She's in awe of Rotary's progress against polio. Diedre has ridden across the state of Iowa twice (but not all at once) and love a challenge-- this is her first time riding the Tour de Tuscon! She enjoys telling bad jokes and reading on her commute. 

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