Greetings everyone and thanks for checking in…
All is well in the training world. Recently, I had a great opportunity to participate in a local ride in beautiful Smith Field, Virginia and it was great to see so many riders enjoying the “rolling” hills of Smith Field, but it sure seemed to be much more up than down.
Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) identified 4 cancer nonprofits as “shams”. As you can imagine, this has stirred some conversations and caused some anxiety for us regarding who to support in the future. I can assure you that there are good people doing honorable work in the cancer fight each and every day.
More importantly there are some great efforts being made by ordinary people (though I”d argue all are extraordinary) in helping to bring awareness to not only to the Cancer Fight but other worthwhile causes. As an example:
Right NOW there is a single individual riding his bike across country and back with a goal of reaching 10,000 miles all in an effort to help raise awareness in the Children’s Cancer Fight. Check out his story and follow along in his journey by visiting the Ken’s 10,000 Miles for Childhood Cancer Facebook page.
Right NOW there is a 9 year trying to bring awareness about AML Leukemia. Check out her Facebook page by “liking” and following along her story by visiting Tionna’s Walk
Right NOW there is nearly 11,000 Cyclists committed to helping raise awareness to the Children’s Cancer Fight by participating in the Great Cycle Challenge USA. To Date nearly $600K has been raised in this effort.
Right NOW there is an effort to help support the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by participating in any of the Great Strides events nationwide.
Right NOW there are many of my friends (ok, not as many as before but still) and fellow cancer advocates training for upcoming events, Triathlons, Cycling Challenges, Full and Half Marathons all in an effort to help bring awareness to the Cancer Fight.
Right NOW there is a group of 180 college students preparing to journey 4,000 miles across America offering hope, inspiration and support to cancer communities they meet along the way. I have high hopes for this team as they are tomorrow’s leaders who will bring inspiration to those they meet and will earn the trust where it needs to be earned, out on the road. Follow along on their journey by visiting 4K For Cancer Fb page.
Hopefully this reminds us all that it’s truly about doing something and finding the passion and desire to help others, more than ourselves, and not feeling guilty about it.
Cancer Changes Lives….so can YOU !!
Good luck to ALL!!!
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