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Life of philanthropy ends with last bike ride for Roy Wiegand

in his final Posted on Instagram Saturday afternoonBurbank resident and professional trumpeter Roy Wiegand celebrated his latest milestone with a giant breakfast burrito.

60-year-old ultramarathoner and cyclist raised $26,000 to help refuel and improve along the way after cycling 2,500 miles in 25 days Access to clean drinking water for the Navajo.

Wiegand ventured through San Francisco and Yosemite, and endured 110+ degrees in Death Valley and Las Vegas. According to his post, he’s been enjoying great scenery in Arizona and New Mexico and staying at the homes of his friends and strangers alike.

Burbank resident Roy Wiegand, 12-year-old Christopher Wilk, died in March 2014 after running through the Burbank Tennis Center as part of an 80-mile journey from Anaheim through Burbank to Santa Clarita. An undated photo was taken in memory of

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The ride was one of his many charities, including a fundraiser for clean water in Ethiopia, and would be his last.

Shortly after posting, Wiegand was hit and killed by a pickup truck near the town of Prunedale around 12:45 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol.

A 25-year-old driver of a red Ford Ranger turned into a Wiegand while riding a Lynskey road bike on a bike lane. Wiegand was pronounced dead at the scene after hitting his head on the truck’s windshield, CHP said. Investigation is in progress.

Roy Wiegand in a baseball cap and purple t-shirt

Roy Wiegand before trekking 80 miles to raise funds for the Michael Heflin Childhood Cancer Foundation on June 10, 2014.

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wiegand Trumpet player who has played with The Who, Wayne Newton and Mel Torme Surviving, among others, is his wife Angela, son Dillon, daughter Sophie, and father Roy Sr.

Over the last few years he has devoted much of his time to philanthropy, most recently working with water advocacy group DigDeep to 700,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives People in the United States who do not have access to clean, reliable water.

The news of Mr. Wiegand’s death came as a shock to his family, friends, allies and supporters.

“It’s hard to talk without tears,” said Kurt Christenson, 63, a longtime pastor and friend of Wiegand’s. “Looking at the social media posts about him, he was a selfless and humble person, matched by generosity and fearlessness,” he said. “

According to friends, Wiegand had tremendous athletic endurance and sought to use it to support charitable causes close to his heart.

Around 2009, Christenson said she witnessed Wiegand’s “boundless energy” during a two-day bike trip along Route 33 from Ojai to Mount Pinos. Wiegand completed the 160-mile trek from sea level to just over 8,500 feet above sea level and returned home the following evening for live music.

“It was an up-and-down pass, so it was really the equivalent of a 24,000-foot climb,” said Christenson, who was the senior pastor of Wiegand Church. Salem Lutheran of Glendalefrom 2008 to 2018.

That same year, Wigand, then 45, ran the Los Angeles Marathon. Finished 150th overall and 137th for men The record is 3 hours 8.36 minutes. Over 14,000 runners completed the 46.2-mile race.

Joe Wilke, 56, of Burbank admired Wiegand’s athletic achievement but was also in awe of his friend’s humility.

According to Wilk, Wilk and Wiegand were fathers who met through Boy Scouts around 2010. Wigand’s son was five years older than Wilk’s child, Christopher, but they were involved in mutual fundraisers and activities.

Four years later, 12-year-old Christopher Wilk was diagnosed with a rare form of bile duct cancer. Christopher was the first patient diagnosed with the disease at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and he died two months later.

Shortly after Christopher’s death, Wiegand dedicated the run to Wilk’s son and others through a Santa Clarita-based organization. Michael Hofflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer helps families of children with cancer.

“He was touched by Christopher and Christopher’s story when it happened and wanted to do something locally,” Wilk said. “He sees the big picture and I shared his vision.”

In 2014, Wiegand ran 130 miles from Angel Stadium to Santa Clarita on Independence Day, raising $48,000 for a foundation honoring Christopher.

Scott Colley, a forensic scientist with the Ventura County Sheriff, knew little about Wiegand, but he couldn’t forget him.

Wiegand stopped two blocks short of the finish line after completing the 80-mile run in 2015. There, he found Cory’s son Nick in a stroller diagnosed with a rare malignant rhabdoid tumor. Wiegand pushed the boy to the finish line, where he was greeted by his supportive fans and media representatives.

Roy Wiegand of Burbank running up a dirt trail

Roy Wiegand of Burbank, June 10, 2014.

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“It was one of the greatest moments of my life,” Corrie, 54, said. “I thought he must be very tired, but after that he relaxed and talked to us. I will never forget his kindness.”

In Burbank, Wiegand was a member of a devout anti-development group called the Save the Burbank Area I made a YouTube program called.microphone & Roy Shaw” It was to oppose development that he felt would ruin the character of his town.

Longtime friend Jim Casey, 63, said: “He didn’t believe in running away, he didn’t believe in his town, he didn’t believe in retreating. He believed in Burbank.” .

DigDeep, an organization dedicated to expanding access to water, has set up a memorial page for Wigand. who raised about $37,000.

“Imagine pedaling 4,500 miles to help people you’ve never met,” said Cindy Howe, a Dine native based in Thoreau, New Mexico. He leads DigDeep’s Navajo Water project. “That’s kind of the heart we lost.”

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