Revving Up His Harley

Jul 17, 2012

Photo by Jaclyn Fairchild

He rode from Mexico to Canada—over 1,400 miles—in a mere 24 hours. He’s a member of the Iron Butt Association. He’s a Pasadena resident, a father of five, and a senior partner at Deasy/Penner & Partners real estate firm. Meet Roland Wilhelm.

On Friday, August 3rd, Wilhelm plans to sit astride his beloved 2011 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic and ride from San Diego to Jacksonville, Florida—2,400 miles—in less than 50 hours.

He’s undertaking this strenuous trek to raise money for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services. For those who don’t know, H-S is a mental health agency that works with children and their families serving over 7,000 children and families a year across Los Angeles and the San Fernando, Antelope, and San Gabriel Valleys.

Fifteen years ago, Hathaway-Sycamores required Wilhelm’s professional services. During the years since then, he’s come to learn more about the agency, become more involved, and to “appreciate the healing and therapeutic differences the nonprofit services make in the lives of youngsters, many of whom have suffered unimaginable trauma.”

There are conditions attached to Wilhelm’s ride, as in distance and time. He must average 57 miles per hour, 24 hours a day to meet these requirements. Hopefully, he’ll get a few rest stops, since his Harley probably won’t feel free until the speedometer needle kicks up a notch.

To donate to Roland Wilhelm’s creative and challenging fundraising effort, which benefits children who are striving to overcome acute difficulties, visit

Photo: Roland Wilhelm with Hathaway-Sycamores kids: (L-R front) Ronald Ramirez, Nathan Victoria, Brendan Ramirez, Ariel Maldonado, Rudy Negrete; (L-R back) Alejandra Negrete, Miriam Flores, Ashley Iglesias, Selena Silva, Jason Silva.



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