BOSTON (WHDH) — Hundreds of people will bike up to 100 miles from Boston to Hyannisport on Saturday to raise funds Best Buddies – an organization changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities.
Ian Clemence-Schreiner embodies the spirit of Best Buddies every day.
7NEWS caught up with him in Hyannisport last year as he crossed the finish line of the Best Buddies Challenge to congratulate him on his great achievement.
“I trained for a whole year for this,” he says. “I feel pumped and amazed.”
Clemence-Schreiner was in the running for a special honor at the time – being named Best Buddies Champion of the Year for his home state of New Hampshire.
“I’ll win it and I’ll be proud of 603,” he said. “I’ll nail it.”
It was a bold prediction. To become Champion of the Year, contestants must collect the most money, and on the final day of the competition, Clemence-Schreiner sat in fourth place.
So he teamed up with chef Bobb Marcotte to create a gastronomic revolution.
Together they assembled crates of marinated meat and auctioned them off at the gala that closed the competition.
“It’s just a pleasure to work with Ian,” said Marcotte. “He doesn’t give up. He is one of the most productive and active charities men I have ever met.”
The boxes trumped Clemence-Schreiner. He raised more than $27,000 for the organization and took home the grand prize.
“I was on stage that night,” he said. “I gave a great speech. All inspired.”
Clemence-Schreiner said he learned so much from Best Buddies. The organization has helped give him the skills to get a job at a restaurant and form life-changing relationships
“Best Buddies is a great organization,” he said.
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