Saturday was the 5th annual installment of Rock to Rock, and it was by far the Rockingest of them all! This year had 1100 riders and over $140,000 was raised which will support the work of over twenty local participating environmental organizations. This year’s organizing partners were Common Ground, Urban Resources Initiative, New Haven-Leon Sister City Project, CitySeed, and the New Haven Parks Department.
For more info about Rock to Rock, visit www.rocktorock.donordrive.com
This first photo in this set is of 2 New Haven heroes. Hero #1: Chris Ozyck is a hero because of his decades-long, local environmental advocacy and stewardship. Within the last few years, Chris was diagnosed with PKD and also became a champion of that cause. Chris desperately needed a new kidney, and with a rare blood type, his likelihood of finding a match in his position on the wait list was slim. He then put out a request to friends and others in the community.
Hero #2: Dr. Kimberly Stoner. Kim Stoner is an entomologist at the CT Ag Station on Huntington Street. It turns out that she was a match for Chris and selflessly agreed to give him one of her functioning kidneys. A few weeks ago they both underwent a successful transplant surgery. Now Chris Ozyck can live a longer and more active life, and also not have to depend on daily dialysis.
Thank you Dr. Stoner, and thank you Chris Ozyck. New Haven is a much better place because of you!
This photo is the two of them yesterday during Rock to Rock being pedicabbed/driven around by Paul Hammer, another New Haven hero.
The rest of the photos are some of my favorites from the day.
|Gamy from Solar Youth|
|Cassidy, the face of I Love New Haven (because it’s definitely better than Jeff’s and probably better than mine)|
|Mike and his daughter|
|Bill on his lowrider (aka recumbent bicycle) which he’s had for almost 20 years and commutes with it|
|Monte and fam|
|the next generation of hipsters|
|that is so encouraging/inspiring to me as a photographer|
For more photos, check out the 2 albums on the ILNH Facebook Page: