Volume LVIFebruary 2009Number 1

Benevolent Brother Bikes for a Cure

Bro. Timothy A. Brooks is a hero in every sense of the word. He risks his life every day as a police cyclist with the city of Bethlehem and serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator in Hanover Township, Northampton County. This summer, following an 11-month tour of Iraq as a Major with the 213th Area Support Group of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Bro. Brooks and his family celebrated his safe return home by, once again, helping others.

A member of H. Stanley Goodwin Lodge No. 648, Bethlehem, since 1995, Bro. Brooks and his wife, Judi, and 11-year-old son, Jared, were part of a bicycling team that raised almost $20,000 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Greater Delaware Valley Chapter. On July 19, 2008, they rode 50 miles with the Saints Cycling Team in the PA Dutch MS 150 Bike Ride. Bro. Brooks rode an additional 75 miles the next day. Jared earned the title of VIP Cyclist for raising more than $1,000 on his own. The story of the family coming together to honor Bro. Brooks' return from overseas was shared at the awards ceremony and the family was introduced to the audience.

Bro. Brooks has been bicycling/fund raising for the MS Society for three years, biking more than 450 miles and raising more than $3,000. This summer, his family also participated in the Rock and Ride at Long Beach Island, N.J., to benefit the American Red Cross. He became interested in benefit bike rides while taking a local spinning class. His instructor was involved with a team from St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem and invited Bro. Brooks to join.

"It is a great way to do what I love to do, ride and help raise money/awareness for Multiple Sclerosis," he said.

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