Couple Making Cross-Country Ride for Charity Stops in Cville
Mark and Debbie Mansell
A couple making a 9,000 mile cross-country motorcycle ride for charity made a stop in Charlottesville Monday morning. Mark and Debbie Mansell are touring 48 states by bike to raise money for Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Leader Dogs for the Blind is an organization that places guide dogs with people who are visually impaired or blind. The Mansells say they have met people who are visually impaired, and since Leader Dogs is supported by their Lions Club, they wanted to help out.
"I never realized, when a person loses their sight their world gets smaller and we met a number of people who were literally shut in, and once they have the gift of a dog, their whole world, the freedom of mobility, comes back to them and people can literally travel everywhere," said Mansell.
The pair hopes to raise at least $35,000 - the cost of one service dog.
Their next stop today is Charleston, West Virginia. The entire tour ends July 8.