The Tepner Story

Wednesday December 05, 2007 02:59:12 PM

Mattias and Eric TepnerMattias Tepner was born with a congenital heart defect which was successfully repaired in 1997. Matthias wants to help children around the world who suffer from the same condition, but don't have access or the financial resources to make it happen. So, with the help of his Dad, Eric, they've planned a fund raising event for the International Children's Heart Foundation -- to cycle down the coast of California during the summer of 2008.  Their goal is to raise $2,500 by the summer and have raised almost $900 already.

To learn more about Mattias' story and the Cycle of Hearts, visit the website To make a donation to help Mattias and his dad reach their goal, go to Make a Financial Donation on the ICHF website. In the comments section of the donation page, enter "Tepner Cycle for Hearts donation". 

November 25, 2007
Matthias, Eric and the new bikeThe bicycle built for two arrived in early November and the Tepner team has cycled over 75 miles already. They train daily to build their endurance to ride 30-40 miles a day before their trip next summer.

Mattias named the bike "Endurance". Eric reminded Mattias that the original Endurance was a ship that was swallowed by the ice in the Antarctic. Mattias, never skipping a beat, reminded his Dad that they are not traveling on ice this summer!  Touche!