Bicyclist’s long journey to save lives | Seattle Children’s employee’s Seattle to Portland Classic ride raises $34K for hospital

David Baker delivers for the Seattle Children's Hospital, whether it's as receiving manager for its six thrift shops or raising funds with his bicycle and endurance.

David Baker completed his 11th Seattle to Portland Classic bike ride on July 11

David Baker completed his 11th Seattle to Portland Classic bike ride on July 11

David Baker delivers for the Seattle Children’s Hospital, whether it’s as receiving manager for its six thrift shops or raising funds with his bicycle and endurance.

This July was Baker’s 11th year representing Seattle Children’s during the Seattle to Portland Classic, a 206-mile ride the 63-year-old accomplishes in one day.

When Baker started riding for the children’s hospital, he was fundraising door-to-door.

The thrift shops where he delivers donated goods eventually took up fundraising for him, this year raising $34,000.

“I said, ‘That’s too many doors for no,’ and then it evolved into the stores doing it,” Baker said. “Now it’s become what I always dreamed it would be.”

This summer’s heat wave followed Baker nearly his entire ride from Seattle to Portland, where he finished before succumbing to heat stroke.

“When I got to the finish, someone handed me water and I couldn’t even drink it,” he said. “It tasted terrible.”

Baker said he’ll continue to ride in support of Seattle Children’s for as long as he can.


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