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 My Fundraising Goal:
$2,000.00
 Money Raised to Date:
$2,134.00
Join me in my efforts to support the Lymphoma Reasarch Foundation

We live in what is can only be described as a miraculous age of cancer research. Each day new knowledge and treatments are being discovered, tested in clinical trials and made available to cancer survivors like myself. While the ultimate cure is still elusive, all of us who "never give up, never stop fighting" now enjoy an arsenal of solutions, many of which were unknown/untried just a few years ago.
This miraculous age is due in no small part to the financial support of so many good people like you. These precious gifts, no matter what amount, means so much to cancer survivors, the people they love and the people who love them.
Here is an opportunity to further show your support.
I will be riding in the Lymphoma Research Foundation Ride, Chicago NorthShore, on September 22, 2013. http://www.lymphoma.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1073129
It will be a great privilege to combine my love of cycling with raising funds for cancer research. I would appreciate it very much if you would consider joining me in this effort.
Please click on the links here. Follow the path to donate /give now/ sponsor participant or my name and you will see my personal page. From there, you will see easy to execute instructions about making a contribution:

I know that you give a lot and show your support to many. It’s who you are. I appreciate you considering this request for assistance and please do not feel obligated in any way. If you can participate, any size amount will be appreciated.
Many thanks!
Special Note:2013 is the 100th anniversary of the TdeF. Among the many things the race committee have put in the tour this year is a climb up – not once, but twice in one day—the Alpe d’Huez. And twice up this mountain makes this TdeF and my September 2013 ride very special.(If you have missed the coverage, check out this link: http://www.steephill.tv/2013/tour-de-france/photos/stage-18/ )
In 2004 I rode up the Alpe d’Huez as part of a week at the TdeF (organized by http://www.thomsonbiketours.com/) with my friend and business colleague Mike H.
I was pretty slow but I made it. I believed it was just about the hardest thing I had ever done physically. Exhausted ( 21 switchbacks, average grade 8%, maximum grade 10.6%, elevation gain 3500 feet, finishing at an altitude of 6,000 feet) and elated is the only way to describe this “personal best” accomplishment.
Little did I know that in 3 ˝ years I was destined to face another physical challenge, every bit as daunting and demanding a climb, being diagnosed with lymphoma.
My Alpe d’Huez climb was, is and continues to be an example for me as I, in effect, climbed twice and more with my subsequent diagnoses, remissions and recurring cancer bouts.
Going up the Alpe d'Huez twice in one day just might be a metaphor for so many of us whom I have met and spoken with —- my fellow cancer survivors -- who have to meet our challenges not once, but many times and still go on to proudly wear our “King of the Mountains” polka dot jersey.
It is pretty flat on this NorthShore ride (maybe 30 feet elevation gain), and not a lot of miles, but I will be inspired and riding for all of us who have had to climb the mountain twice on the same day!




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