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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.