EASTCHESTER, N.Y. - An Eastchester native is going coast-to-coast - by bicycle - in an effort to educate the world about healthcare.
Earlier this year, Rhiannon Desideri kicked off a 3,300-mile ride from Huntington Beach in California that will end in Delaware as part of Ride for World Health, an organization that aims to raise funds to enact changes in healthcare both internationally and domestically.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, this marks Desideri’s first major event since beginning her cycling career in her freshman year. As a future veterinarian, she and her team with Ride for World Health will host a coast-to-coast lecture series as they make their way from the west to east coast.
“The first time I thought about riding my bicycle across the country was my freshman year of college,” she stated. “It took me four years, and some discussions with my parents before I signed up, got a bike and saw many amazing parts of the United States.”
The Ride for World Health raises money for public health organizations that service the disenfranchised throughout the world. Participants are required to raise a minimum amount of money for specific charities and must supply their own equipment and materials for the arduous ride.
Desideri will be riding for the One Health Initiative , a “movement to forge co-equal, all inclusive collaborations between physicians” of various disciplines.
“One Health represents everything I aspire to be and do with my life. (The organization) brings medical professionals from a wide variety of fields together, just like the Ride for World Health,” she noted.
“Education is such an important factor in public health and one area where I have not spent as much time as I would like to, and this bike ride, combining so many things that I love, with amazing people and a great purpose"