Archive for August 2016

Sharing The LiveStrong Message – One Neighborhood At A Time

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Hello Everyone and Thanks for Checking in…

Our Every Cancer Story Counts Cycling Challenge went well although I didn’t get in the amount of mileage I had hoped for but I believe the impact we had far outweighed any mileage goal. We were able to help out a fellow LiveStrong Leader in getting closer to her goal fundraising and a trip to the LiveStrong Challenge in Austin Texas later this year and I want to thank everyone who donated and supported the cause.

I altered my plan and did the ride on Friday as Saturday’s weather with forecasted thunderstorms during the day might hamper our efforts. As it turned out Friday was a great day to ride in the morning and the cloud cover kept the sun from beating down but unfortunately the rain showers with some thunder and lightning came rolling in around 2pm forcing me off the bike. As a result I never got back on my bike until after 4pm and as a result I had cooled down twice already and my body started to ache by early evening. As in many endurance sports, once you cool down and your body begins its recover phase it’s even more difficult to get your body going again. Usually I am able to recover once but the second shower storm did me in and there was no recovery from that and the recliner started to feel better and better.

The good news is we were able to get 65 miles in and as this was my first long ride of the season, nothing longer than 20miles so far this season, I feel I am still on the right path for my return to full duty by the years end. Unfortunately when I woke up on Saturday I discovered I already came down with a chest cold and decided to play it safe and not venture out. Almost a week later I am still battling the cold so the “off the bike” Saturday decision proved d to be the correct call.

However the mileage wasn’t the only goal of the event and it surely wasn’t the most important goal which was to expand the LiveStrong mission to those I met and interacted with during the ride. I stopped numerous times to chat with our neighbors and tell them what I was doing and why it was so very important. Nearly everyone I met with was supportive of the event and the more important the cause. Many of those that I met hung the LiveStrong wristband on their mailbox or from other areas of the yard in order to motivate me as I rode past and most are still there today.

I had the opportunity to bring the LiveStrong message to them in their own neighborhood and where they lived. The opportunity to pass out and share some LiveStrong wristbands and LiveStrong “we can help” cards far exceeds the importance of reaching any mileage goal. I think this is one of the strengths of the LiveStrong Foundation and those that work & volunteer for the organization and that is a clear and unconditional belief that It must always be about the people affected by cancer. While some organizations like to use the motto Every Mile Matters , I prefer to say Every Cancer Story Counts.

Stay tuned in for future updates as we continue to bring the LiveStrong message to other neighborhoods and possibly even your community.

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The Significance of 1,521 in the Cancer Fight

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Answer to yesterday’s question “What is the significance of 1,521 ?”

it’s the actual distance between Chesapeake, VA and Oldenburg , Germany. So why is that important ? This weekend two individuals, Henrike (Fellow LiveStrong Leader) and I will take on our own personal cycling challenge in the fight against cancer and to support the ‪#‎Livestrong‬ mission.

For 24 hours (‘sh) we will challenge ourselves either by cycling, running or walking ( I’m not running ) in an effort to raise cancer awareness in our own local communities.

The good news is we will have the option to stop after 24 Hours, however cancer patients don’t have that option. They fight every day and that my friends is really the only true significance of why we are undertaking this personal challenge.

So while our #LiveStrong teammates are participating in 24hrs of Booty in Columbia MD, we are supporting and cheering on their efforts because we believe as a team we can have a far greater impact in the fight against cancer and ‪#‎FightAsOne‬ than we can ever have individually. ‪#‎unityisstrength‬

Please help LiveStrong Foundation continue to provide the program and services not just for one day or one event but the rest of the 364 days of the year. Please consider making any size donation to

https://www.teamlivestrong.org/fundraising/fearless/

GO !!!t

Because Every Cancer Story Counts..

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Thank you everyone for checking in….

This will be a short update to let you all know what’s coming up in the next few days.

As many are aware, I will be supporting my LiveStrong Team that will be participating in 24hrs of Booty Columbia by participating in my own cycling challenge within my own local area. I will be riding to promote the LiveStrong mission in and around my own community, let’s just call this LiveStrong in My Community Ride.  All donations and proceeds collected will go 100% to LiveStrong and the programs and services and fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now.

I am asking that all donations be made to one of my fellow LiveStrong Leader’s fundraising page (Henrike Hirsch, Olendburg Germany) in order to help her reach her goal necessary to participate in the LiveStrong Challenge in Austin later this year.

For those that have been following along should already know, I am a true believer in we can do more by working together than we can  individually but when needed I don’t fear being the single voice in a fight worth fighting.  Please consider making any size donation by visiting https://www.teamlivestrong.org/fundraising/fearless/  .

You may even win some pretty cool LiveStrong swag.

So why am I undertaking this challenge locally  ?

Because Deb’s Cancer Story Counts

Because my Father’s Cancer Story Counts

Because Wendell’s Cancer Story Counts

Because Mary’s Cancer Story Counts

Because Wes’ Cancer Story Counts

Because Sue’s Cancer Story Counts

Because JP’s Cancer Story Counts

Because Jane’s Cancer Story Counts

Because Aunt Annie’s Cancer Story Counts

Because Aunt Ginny’s Cancer Story Counts

Because Sandy’s Cancer Story Counts

Because Jimmy’s Cancer Story Counts

Because Fred’s Cancer Story Counts

Because Every Cancer Story Counts !!

Once again please consider making any size donation to support the LiveStrong Mission to ensure all Cancer Stories Count.

Thanks Everyone for Checking in…..

 

 

 

Fight As One is in our DNA

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Thank you to everyone that supported the 24hrs of Booty in Charlotte NC a few weeks ago. While the final numbers are being computed we do know that because of your efforts over $1.6 Million was raised for local and national cancer programs. This is an amazing amount of donor support that will go directly to helping those battling cancer and in providing much needed cancer research and we couldn’t have done it without your help and your support , Thank YOU !!!

As many of you may not know, while we were riding in Charlotte many of my fellow LiveStrong Team members were out supporting us, encouraging, and motivating us throughout the event by holding events in their own local communities. Now it’s time to return the favor and support my LiveStrong Team in their upcoming 24hrs of Booty – Columbia.

I can’t say this enough, LiveStrong is a team of individuals who work together to help bring support to Cancer patients and we do that in a respectful and courteous manner. We do this by organizing  events within our local communities, by participating in other local and national events such as LiveStrong Challenge Austin (October) , 24hrs of Booty, and by supporting each other in those efforts. More importantly we check our egos at the door and come to the Fight As One. The reason LiveStrong is a great team is because the FightAsOne mantra is in our DNA.

In an effort to return that support provided to the Booty Charlotte team, I will be doing a local Weekend Mileage challenge trying to get as many miles in during the weekend of 20 – 21 August in an effort to bring awareness to the LiveStrong mission as well as support the LiveStrong Team participating in the 24hrs of Booty – Columbia MD.

During this event I will be seeking support through donations that 100% directly support the LiveStrong Foundation.  Only by doing it this way can I reassure each supporter that all donations will be used in direct cancer support and used in a ethical and respectful manner.

As many of you know, Columbia – Booty had a special place in our hearts for many years and was our yearly cancer victory weekend celebration for Deb and I.  My support and trust of the LiveStrong team in Columbia in no way implies support to any other benefactor that benefits from this event.  I support the LiveStrong Team when and wherever they may ride.  LiveStrong has the ethical qualities that I believe is vital part of a cancer organization’s core values.

Stay tuned in for more updates….. .

Thanks for checking in ….

 

 

 

 

LiveStrong at 24Hrs of Booty- Charlotte

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First and foremost, we wish to thank everyone who donated to the last minute 24hrs of Booty ride in Charlotte. Your donations helped us reach our goal in only a short few days. We are sorry we had to rush but once an opportunity to represent all those battling cancer and the LiveStrong Foundation we try our best to make an effort to see it through and we couldn’t have done it without you.

The Charlotte community definitely put on a great show of support for the 24hrs of Booty event.  The involvement from the local community is something rarely seen. There were hundreds of folks lining the streets, ringing cowbells and encouraging the riders throughout the entire event. I had the opportunity to stop and thank many of these folks as I made my way around the 3-mile Booty loop. Everyone I talked to seem genuinely interested and appreciative of the fact that all of us were riding against cancer, in honor of someone, or in memory of someone we knew that battled this horrible disease.

By far the biggest enjoyment was the interaction of people stopping by the LiveStrong table and the opportunity to hear about their cancer story and share our own. I can say that no one who attended 24hrs of Booty ever should leave feeling that their cancer story doesn’t matter. We interacted with all demographics of the cancer community and emphasized that their cancer story, or their loved one’s cancer story was no less important than any others. In addition, the opportunity to chat with fellow LiveStrong Leaders and  LiveStrong Staff only made the trip to Charlotte all that much more worthwhile. Not once did I feel that any LiveStrong member ever felt that OUR cancer story shouldn’t be told.

The money raised by the event goes to support many worthwhile Charlotte local and national cancer programs including the Levine Cancer Institute, an amazing organization providing only the best in cancer care services and research. I had the chance to stop by Levine Cancer Institute tent and chat with some of the staff and once again they were so thankful for everyone’s involvement and participation.

While I will miss doing the 24hrs of Booty in Columbia I believe the 24hrs of Charlotte can bring as much enjoyment and may become our new cancer celebration location for years to come.

Thanks again and stay tuned for upcoming cycling challenges to help bring awareness to the cancer fight and to ensure that Every Cancer Story Counts.

Cheers !!

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