Reprinted from the Modesto Bee - Click for the original article

On the Road
By Jeff Jardine

Former Modestan Dave O'Mara is into his second week of a cycling trip across the United States to raise money for Real Options for City Kids (ROCK), a San Francisco-based nonprofit. O'Mara, 33, graduated from Davis High in 1995 and St. Mary's College in 1999. He spent a year volunteering with AmeriCorps in Utah before beginning his career in finance with Metropolitan Life.

After nearly nine years with MetLife, he decided it was time for a change.

"I lost a lot a passion, and when you lose your passion you're doing a disservice to the company and yourself," O'Mara said. "So I took some time off."

O'Mara plans to return to work, for a company much smaller than MetLife, in October.In the interim, he's recharging himself.

While on a bike ride with a friend a few weeks ago, he decided to do a fund-raiser ride for ROCK, choosing the nonprofit because he's done volunteer work for it for several years. He contacted ROCK Chief Executive Officer Curt Yagi, and they got -- literally -- the wheels rolling.

O'Mara began his trip May 22 on the Santa Monica Pier and plans to roll into Washington, D.C. on or about July 9. He dedicated the ride to his Aunt Claire, whom he credits with being a role model as a teacher, missionary and someone who "has spent her entire life working to better the lives of others," according to the Web page dedicated to his ride.

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