Ralf R. Jarchow of Canadian law firm Prouse, Dash & Crouch LLP, set off on a 3,400-km bike ride on July 4 as a way to raise money for the Boston Foundation for Sight.

In March, the foundation made headlines when it donated prosthetic treatment to a 4-year-old girl who was suffering photophobia after developing Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS). Jarchow began his long trek by bicycle on July 4 in Calgary, Ontario, and is riding back to Brampton. His intention is to return by the last weekend in July.

In total, the journey will take him over 3,400 km of road by the end; the entire ride will be done on a bicycle. The reason Jarchow is taking the journey is because his own daughter suffered from SJS. Jarchow’s daughter receives regular ocular treatment at the Boston Foundation for Sight because of it.

In fact, it was during their first visits at the foundation that the lawyer met a 6-year-old named Jesse and his mother, who are from Ghana. Jesse was diagnosed with SJS and the Boston Foundation for Sight offered the family treatment at no charge. That was when Jarchow realized how wonderful and caring the staff really were and how much effort they put into helping Jesse.

Jarchow became determined to help the foundation when he realized just how many families the foundation helps for free. If you want to help, you can make donations to the Boston Foundation for Sight at 464 Hillside Ave., Suite 205, Needham, MA, 02494 — attention “Ralf’s Ride.”

If you or a family member has suffered from SJS, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation.