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Pay It Forward

Cyclist Rides Across U.S. to Raise Money for Fargo Nonprofit

Steve Swanson contributed his Pay It Forward funds to the Paul Shol Legacy Tour, a cross-country bike tour to raise money for the Legacy Children’s Foundation.

“It was such a great feeling to know I was riding for Legacy and riding for the Lord as well. It was an incredible journey that I kind of wish didn’t end.” – Paul Shol
Steve Swanson

Bell Employee

Steve Swanson

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Recipient

Paul Shol Legacy Tour


The Need

Over the summer, Paul Shol spent 55 days riding his bicycle 3,900 miles from Oregon to Maine to raise money for the Legacy Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization developed by Fargo teenagers in 2011 to encourage teens to finish high school.

The Impact

Steve Swanson, vice president and Bell Investments financial advisor, has known Paul for a while and decided to donate some of his Pay It Forward funds to Paul’s Legacy Tour, which raised more than $50,000 for the Legacy Children’s Foundation.

“If you want to make a difference, you can find a way to do it,” Paul said. “Everybody can.”

He also raised $16,000 to buy copies of the book, Jesus Calling, to give out along his journey.

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