OUR COMMITMENT TO CURING CANCER FASTER STARTS HERE.
I'll be right up front. I'm asking you to help sponsor our 25 mile Obliteride with a donation to Team WeRide4Silvia.
This is year 5 for the Fred Hutch fundraiser which offers rides at the 25, 50, 100 and 175 mile level. There wasn't enough time for me to ride the 100 or 175 - it is spread out over only two days - so with Max as my guide, (and team members grandson Seth, their dad Greg, and son-in-laws Ryan and Ralph crossing the finish line before me) I'm riding 25 miles on Aug. 13.
And here's the why. Max, my 20-year-old grandson, asked me to ride with him. If you knew Max, who lives in this world a bit differently from most 20-year-olds because of Autism, you'd know that requests for something that goes beyond his world of video games are rare. But Max has a real personal reason for wanting to raise funds to end cancer sooner: his Mom.
I was touched not only by his request for me to ride with him (biking together is one of the few things Max will do with me now that he has determined that he is too old to go to movies with me), but that he was willing to go out of his comfort zone to help his mom.
Silvia is my Costa Rican daughter, who, for the past 3+ years, has dealt with a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. I won't go into details, but just let me say that no one should have to go thru what she has endured. She has gotten her treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and has definitely benefited from research and treatments developed at Fred Hutch.
As if Silvia isn't reason enough for me to ride some Seattle hills on August 13, there is the very vivid memory of my son-in-law, Carl. With my daughter Jan at his side, he lived every day to the fullest. Until melanoma claimed him four years ago. I'll be riding in his memory.
And in memory of my younger sister, Mary, who died three years ago from a combination of cancers. I will also ride for dear friend Jim Beckner, and for Andrew . . . the list goes on and on. . . . I'm also riding with the hope that friends who are currently dealing with cancer can be helped by Fred Hutch research.
I know that you, too, have been touched by cancer in your life. Is there someone you'd like remembered? With your donation, on ride day, that person's name will be visible as I ride (I'll be wearing a special "Obiliteride" Memorial Shirt).
Our tax-deductible donations go directly to Fred Hutch for important research with the goal of ending cancer faster.
Fred Hutch needs no introduction. It is a premier cancer research center recognized for ground breaking research and contributions to cancer treatments. We are fortunate to have Fred Hutch, and its' partner organizations SCCA and UW Hospital, in Seattle. Here in Mount Vernon, Skagit Regional Hospital is a SCCA affiliate. Money you donate is not only tax deductible, but stays right in the local economy.
Please consider making a minimum $25 donation - that's $1 for each mile I'll be riding - but of course I'd be happy with more (or less). My personal goal is to raise $500, so you see, any amount will help.
Here's the link to the WeRide4Silvia donation page:
When there, select Donate, then "To a team" or "Team" . . . you know the rest!
Thank you for being a WeRide4Silvia Team sponsor!
CURES START HERE.
DISCOVERY STARTS HERE.
HEALING STARTS HERE.
OUR RIDE STARTS HERE
We are committing to ride Obliteride this August because we believe research is the fastest path to curing cancer and we also believe the team at Fred Hutch can get us there.
Sadly, half of all men and one third of all women in the U.S. will get cancer in their lifetime.
Fred Hutch is learning more about cancer prevention, diagnostics and treatment and Obliteride can help us get to cures faster.
More than 300 labs and projects are working hard to save the lives of people all over the world by conducting innovative, high-impact cancer research.
Please join us in this effort to put cancer in its place, behind us.
Ride with us, donate to our team, and tell others about Obliteride.