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Retired NJ State Trooper Pedals Coast To Coast For Ocean Of Love Childhood Cancer Foundation

Craig Potter Bike
Craig Potter

On May 23, retired New Jersey State Trooper Craig Potter will start a 4,500 mile journey from Seaside, Oregon to New Jersey to raise money for Ocean of Love.

Ocean of Love is a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to helping Ocean County, NJ children with cancer and their families.

Back in 1988, Ocean of Love started assisting 12 families, and have helped over 400 families to date.

The everyday needs of the children and their families is Ocean of Love’s everyday concern. They provide financial and emotional support so the children can experience the “normal” joys of childhood.

Andy Chase welcomed Linda Gillick, Director of “Ocean of Love”, and retired NJ state trooper, Craig Potter into the Hawk’s studio on Thursday.

“Right now, Ocean of Love is actively helping 61 families,” Linda said. “That’s our highest ever.”

When asked how she feels about Craig doing this, Linda said jokingly “I think he’s nuts, but I’m proud of him.”

Craig Potter Linda Gillick Andy Chase
Craig Potter, Linda Gillick, and Andy Chase Live in the Hawk's Nest

Back in 1998 Craig Potter biked from Manahawkin, NJ to Florida for the soul purpose of raising money for Ocean of Love.

Craig says, “It was a great adventure then, and was a learning lesson for MY children as well.”

“Hoping to raise as much money as we can,” Craig said about this year’s ride. “I’m pumped up! I’m ready to go.”

Now that Craig is retired, he is making the 3+ month/4,500 mile journey once again for Ocean of Love.


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Frito Lay is donating 70 boys and girls bikes to Ocean of Love to help raise money for Craig’s journey cross country.  For a minimum donation of $100 you can get a brand new bicycle from Ocean of Love.

Please send donations to:

Ocean of Love- Charity Bike Ride
1709 Route 37 East
Toms River, NJ 08753

or donate at Ocean-of-Love.org

You can follow Craig’s journey at his Facebook page.

To hear the complete interview with The Hawk’s Andy Chase, click the links below:

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