LIVESTRONG Challenge 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

For the past two years I have participated in the Philadelphia LIVESTRONG Challenge in an effort to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) and more importantly, to support my friend Gerald in his continued fight against cancer. After completing the 70-mile course in 2009, our team (Team Wannabe Riders Against Cancer) set our sights last year on completing the 100-mile course. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate with intermittent torrential downpours forcing ride officials to close off the 100-mile course for safety precautions. Nearly all riders, including all of our team, were forced onto the 70-mile course.

In just over six weeks, on August 20th, our team will meet again in Philadelphia to participate in the LIVESTRONG Challenge run/walk and riding events. On Sunday the 21st, I will make my 2nd attempt at conquering the grueling 100-mile course. While a bit behind where I would like to be, my personal training is well underway with two 50+ mile rides under my belt and a 75-miler scheduled for this coming weekend.

I have once again set a goal of raising $1000 for the LAF and would love your support in helping me reach this goal. To read more about LAF, my participation and to contribute to the cause, please check out my personal fundraising website:

While Gerald inspired me to accept this challenge, and I ride in support of his continued fight against cancer, he is not the only one in my life who has been affected by the disease. I will continue to ride in support of long time family friend, Carole F, and fellow Team Wannabe Riders Against Cancer teammate, Natalie O. I will also be riding in memory of my Uncle Harry, Aunt Denny, and close friend Judy O.

Thanks for taking the time to read. I do appreciate the support.

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