2019 marks my 7th year participating in Obliteride. Each year has been its own amazing experience. I’m beyond proud to say that through the help of many friends and family members, we have been able to make a difference in the fight against cancer – more than $14M has been raised by Obliteride supporters. These dollars are already funding local research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, one of the top cancer research institutes in the world. Together we helped (and continue to!) accelerate the pace of lifesaving, breakthrough cancer research. (Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!)
I am signed up to ride 100 miles and am once again asking for your support. I ride because cancer touches all of us -- half of all men and one third of all women in the U.S. will get cancer in their lifetime. These figures are staggering, but, I believe we can change the stats by funding lifesaving research at Fred Hutch.
As many of you know, I have personally felt the impact of cancer as I lost my Dad to leukemia when I was 11 years old, and my Uncle Kevin to brain cancer a few years later. And, just this past June, after only 7 months from diagnosis, we lost our Aunt Helen, also to brain cancer. She loved riding bicycles like me, so this year’s ride will be even more meaningful.
Through my years of fundraising, I have become keenly aware of just how many of my friends have also been directly impacted by cancer’s devastating reach. THIS IS WHY I RIDE. Obliteride provides me with an opportunity to use my love of cycling to help make a difference in this necessary fight against cancer.
Obliteride participants will come together in August to tell cancer we're not gonna take it anymore. And here's where I need your help. I've made a big commitment to make a statement against cancer. And I hope you'll make a statement, too. With 100% of every dollar donated going directly to cancer research at Fred Hutch, we can make a direct impact on research to save lives faster. I hope you'll donate as much as you can because you believe in me, what I'm doing, and that together, we can defeat cancer.
I am honored to continue my “I Ride For” campaign: for every donation of $50 or more, I will write a name of your choosing on my jersey to pay tribute to a loved one of yours (and on my body if I run out of room on the jersey).