LIVESTRONG Challenge 2012

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

This year marks the fourth year that I will be participating in the LIVESTRONG Challenge. My friend Gerald, now a triathlete as well as a biker, continues his courageous fight against cancer and once again will convene team Wannabe Riders Against Cancer in Philadelphia to participate in the run/walk and riding events. Our team of riders will be making their third attempt at completing the 100-mile course after being rain and thunderstorm shortened the past two years. While two of our team members were able to successfully complete the full 100 miles last year, I still look forward to reaching the century mark for the first time ever.

With 10 weeks to go until the date of the ride, I’m in great shape from a training standpoint. I have amassed 262 total miles biked, which has included two rides of 50+ miles with another 95 miles biked over the course of Memorial Day weekend. (I had reached just 85 miles at this point last year.) This year I have also managed to recruit a few additional DC friends to join me and even found a few challenging hill routes to vary my standard ride on the W&OD which has made for a more enjoyable time training.

This year I will again set a goal of raising $1000 for Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG Foundation. While Gerald’s battle with cancer continues to be a successful one, much work remains in the fight against this disease. Cancer became the number one cause of death in 2010. One in three men and one in two women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. I would love your support in helping me reach my goal.

To read more about the LIVESTRONG Foundation and my participation, please check out my personal fundraising website. You may also head straight to the donation form to contribute.

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 fellow Team Wannabe Riders Against Cancer teammate, Natalie O. I will be riding in memory of my Uncle Harry, Aunt Denny, and close friends Judy O and Carole F.

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

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