Hello friends and work associates. Another year has passed, and cancer has taken away two more people that I knew, and one more is struggling with late-stage lung cancer. One them was a good fraternity brother, actually one of the groomsmen at my wedding some 43 years ago. One is the mom of a very good friend of mine, and lastly a very good neighbor with lung cancer that never smoked a cigarette in her life. Every year it’s someone new, without discrimination. For the past three years, I’ve participated in a bicycle-ride fund raiser for the Fred Hutch Cancer Center here in Seattle, where many dedicated researchers work tirelessly to solve the mystery of cancer and develop cures. Many of you have been very generous supporting me and this excellent charity on those past rides, and I very much appreciate it.
This summer started off well, and I was planning to ride once again. Then on May 26th I was out for a ride when I had a pretty nasty crash with a sidewalk, and broke my pelvis in couple places. So for a while, I gave up on riding again so soon after my accident. But after a couple weeks on crutches, I’ve managed to heal up sufficiently to realize that I’ve got no good excuse not to join 3,000 other Seattle cyclists in riding on August 10th to support this great cause. I won’t have time to train for the 100-mile ride this year, so I’ll stick to the 50-miler. So once again I ask for your support in the form of donations to this great cause. Better yet, sign up and join us! Thanks very much for supporting me and Fred Hutch in this year’s Obliteride to obliterate cancer faster.