James Dobson started cycling his 3,500-mile route across the country for a worthy cause. However, he died before his journey was complete.
Boston 25 News reports Dobson’s goal was to raise $10,000 for a New Hampshire children’s hospital.
Dobson started his trip on October 1 in Dover, New Hampshire, and planned to ride to San Diego. He called it the “Positive Vibes Tour.”
However, his trip was cut short when a car hit and killed him in Mississippi on Tuesday, November 13 — the 44th day of his journey.
After hearing the tragic news, his friends gathered in Maine to pay their respects to Dobson. His childhood friend, Corey Gilpin, said Dobson knew the possible risks:
“He knew the risk but once he set out to do it, he was gung ho about it.”
Another childhood friend, James Richesn, said Dobson was determined to complete his goal:
“There’s a lot of us that said he was nuts but, once James put his mind to whatever he wanted, he would do whatever he could to succeed.”
According to his friends, Dobson was a positive person and had a great personality.
Dobson often posted videos to YouTube during his journey and spoke about his motivation behind the bold decision in one video:
“Those kids don’t have the opportunity to make a choice, to get out of the hospital and not get the treatment, so I feel I have an obligation and that’s why I ride.”
After news of Dobson’s passing, his $10,000 goal was surpassed within a matter of hours.
One person wrote:
He is smiling for sure he exceeded his goal and the world is seeing him on tv.
Wow! Look at this everyone! This is remarkable!
However, the “Positive Vibes Tour” will not end with Dobson’s death because his friends are planning to honor his memory and finish what he started. They will travel on motorcycles from Mississippi to California in the summer.