Friday, August 05, 2011

I'm taking your money for a ride...here's where it will go

Tomorrow Lance Armstrong and I will ride across Massachusetts with 5,500 of our closest friends who together have raised millions to fight cancer. On that first day I will wear the 2011 PMC jersey like every other rider, but on the second day, I will wear the Team Bradstein jersey that you all created with your donations and your photos.


Your images will embrace me as I ride to the very end of Cape Cod to complete 200 miles of riding in two days, and in every mile, I will keep you and your loved ones in my thoughts and in my heart.

And for those who we've lost who I carry with me, young and old, I'll see for them with my eyes, all the while wondering what they would think of the sight of the surging, joyful mass of riders at the pre-dawn start on day one; the crowds lining every street, lane and bike path we ride along; sunrise over the bridge as we head out on day two; the vast expanse of the Atlantic spreading around us as we ride out Cape Cod to land's end; and the hero's welcome we receive on our ferry's return to Boston, with the harbor fireboat coming out to greet us with a full ceremonial water cannon salute and crowds lining the dock, cheering and waving.

I wish you all could be there to see all of this with me too, since they're not cheering for me, they're cheering for you. It's your money that will pay for the research that will result in a new, more effective treatment for cancer or for a doctor's time as they deliver that treatment or for a patient to live a little after facing down their own mortality. And when I say "your money," I mean 100% of your donation goes to the Jimmy Fund, including the Jimmy Fund clinic, a place where children with cancer and their families can find hope, thanks to the corporate sponsors who underwrite all the administrative and logistics costs of the ride.

They include New Balance, the Boston Red Sox, BMW, WCVB and MFS as well as in-kind donations from scores of smaller companies.

If you want to know more specifics about where your money goes, visit the Jimmy Fund site, or my friend Vampdaddy's blog. Donations like yours saved his son's life. And if you want to know more specifics about where I'm going this weekend, follow me on Twitter, where I'll post regular updates, and if I can work it out, a live map, tracking me along the route.

Thanks again for your generous support. Working together, we will make cancer history.


Papa Bradstein will ride 200 miles across Massachusetts in two days to help fight cancer. Please support his ride.

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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Lance Armstrong, I will beat you in this race or you can have the jersey off my back


Yesterday I was watching Billy Starr, founder of the Pan-Mass Challenge, announce that Lance Armstrong was going to join me and 5,500 of my closest friends on the first day of the PMC.


Although I'm a little concerned about Lance's fitness, since he's already announced that he's going to abandon the PMC after the first day, what struck me was when Billy said that Lance registered like everybody else and has to do fund-raising like every other rider.

Seriously? Can you imagine being his neighbor and having him ring your doorbell and ask you for $5 for his ride? And you wouldn't even get a box of cookies for your donation.

It occurred to me that this is one race in which I'm already beating Lance Armstrong like a dusty rug--thanks to all of my generous donors. I've raised over my $6,500 goal (two checks haven't processed to show up in my online total yet) while Lance hasn't even started yet.

But I know that Lance is just a little competitive, so I'm wondering if he'll take me up on my challenge--no, not on the bike. I don't want to embarrass the man publicly. My challenge is monetary:
I will raise another $5,000 before Lance raises his first $5,000.
But for this to be a real challenge, each of us has to have something at stake, so I propose this...if you're willing to stand up to this challenge, Lance:
  • If you raise $5,000 before I do, you get one of my beautiful jerseys, covered with photos of people affected by cancer who are near and dear to me and my supporters.
  • If I raise $5,000 before you do, I get an autographed jersey from you that I will give away to one of the people who donates to my ride as part of this effort.
Now, this isn't an entirely fair fight, since you could just ask folks like your buddy Senator John Kerry to chip in huge donations and almost everyone I know and some folks I don't know at all have already given all they can to my ride.

To level the playing field:
  • The only donations that count for you are those that are $5 or less.
  • The only donations that count for me are those that are over $25.
I know that you're busy trying to get in some last-minute training before Saturday, so I'll summarize:
  • I will raise another $5,000 in donations to the PMC before you raise your first $5,000.
  • If you raise $5,000 (in donations of $5 or less) before I do, you get one of my beautiful jerseys, covered with photos of people affected by cancer who are near and dear to me and my supporters.
  • If I raise $5,000 (in donations over $25) before you do, I get an autographed jersey from you that I will give away to one of the people who donates to my ride as part of this effort.
And, of course, there has to be a finish line: the end of the ride Saturday.

This way, you can give me your jersey before you abandon depart the PMC. If neither of us has raised the $5,000 by then, no jerseys change hands.

Let me know if you're up to the challenge, Lance, and I'll spread the word.


Papa Bradstein might have to ride 90 miles on the second day without a jersey unless you support his ride.

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