Monday, February 15, 2010

Make cancer history

A wiser person than I once said

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
I promised you that I would register to ride my bike 190 miles in two days to make cancer history. In return, many of you promised to support my ride. I'm proud to report that I was, in fact, one of the first to register.

That means I've committed to raise $4,200--100 percent of which will go to fund the fight against cancer--and so I'll need your help to finish the ride. I've been working since I registered to set up a variety of ways for you to help me finish successfully.

I believe that all of my six loyal readers contributed to my ride to fight brain tumors, and I heard from you clearly that your commitment to the fight against cancer is deep and unwavering, so I've made it possible for you to support me in various ways:
  • Contribute directly to my ride. 100% of your donations go directly to fight cancer. There is no administrative overhead deducted from your contributions. I've never heard of another ride or organization that does this.
  • Donate supplies. I've set up an Amazon wish list that I'll update as my preparations continue. I'm trying to add items at all price levels, so you can contribute as little or as much as you like. Some items--Clif bars--I'll need on a recurring basis, while others are a one-time-only purchase.
  • Donate for logistics. I'll need to get myself and my bike to the ride and get myself a hotel room for the night before and after the ride. I've set up a PayPal account to which you can contribute to the amount that's right for you. I'll withdraw that money to pay for my travel and accommodations. If there's any surplus, I'll contribute it directly to the ride.

And please, after you donate, pass this along to a friend or 12.

If these don't suit you, I encourage you to think outside the wallet...perhaps you want to
  • design ads to distribute online
  • design a jersey with donor names and faces of loved ones
  • send a picture from your kids to encourage me
  • send along some spare Clif bars that you have lying around
I'll need dollars to ride, but there's also much more that goes into a ride than money, starting with love. Because sure, I can ride fast on my own, but if I'm going to ride far enough to fight cancer, I'm going to need you to ride with me.

Are you with me?

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