HACKENSACK, N.J., Nov. 28, 2016 – Jerry L. Barta, vice-president/director of leasing and marketing for Hackensack-based real estate development firm Alfred Sanzari Enterprises, recently participated in Wheels of Love, Israel’s biggest multi-day, multi-route international charity sports event. The five-day bicycle ride is the largest annual fundraiser for ALYN Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel’s premier pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation facility. ALYN treats children with a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions.
Now in its 17th year, the 2016 Wheels of Love ride took place Nov. 6-10 and marked Barta’s fourth time participating. Hundreds of riders from around the world took part in this year’s event, which traversed cyclists through Israel’s Judean desert and ended with a closing ceremony at ALYN Hospital.
“Challenging as the rides are, it’s ‘easy spinning’ compared to the difficulties ALYN children face every day,” said Barta. “They are truly remarkable children, from birth to young adulthood, from every ethnic and religious origin, bravely trying to meet the challenges of living with physical disabilities resulting from either congenital conditions or acquired illnesses and traumas. They come to ALYN for its cutting-edge technique and expertly skilled doctors, nurses and therapists, and dedicated lay personnel, who combine talent and passion to empower each child to achieve his/her highest level of independence and mobility.”