Biking Across America for Children in Foster Care

Aug 16, 2016 1:00 PM ET

Ed Anderson, a Wendy’s franchisee from Newport News, VA, is making his way across the country on his bike all to raise $1 million for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Today Ed and his wife are in the home of Churchill Downs. Louisville is Kentucky’s largest city and Anderson wanted to make a stop at a local Wendy’s to help raise awareness for foster care adoption. Just a few days ago, he rode into Dublin, Ohio and right into the lobby of the Wendy’s Headquarters. Staff from Wendy’s and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption were there to greet him, energize him and help him on his way back south.

In 1992, Dave Thomas started the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. An international nonprofit dedicated solely to increasing the number of adoptions from foster care. The Foundation furnishes grants to private and public adoption agencies through its signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. The agencies use the grants to hire specially-trained adoption recruiters, called Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters, who use a child-focused recruitment model. It is the sole mission of these recruiters to find permanent, loving homes for the children who have been in foster care the longest.

Dave Thomas himself was adopted. Ed felt there was no better way to honor the memory of Dave Thomas than to help raise funds for his Foundation.

Ed will be on his bike from now until October 4 when he completes his journey in San Diego, CA.

Click here to learn more about Ed’s Tour de Adoption or to make a donation.