My RAGBRAI Team LIVESTRONG Fundraising Page

Monday, February 4, 2013

World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day. Seems to be an appropriate day to begin in earnest my fundraising efforts for LIVESTRONG as I prepare to join about 100 teammates and 20,000 other cyclists for a week long ride across Iowa this July.

For 41 years now, RAGBRAI has crossed Iowa from the Missouri to the Mississippi. This will be my third year of riding the whole week (I also rode the last two days in 2011). In that time, colleagues, co-workers, friends and family have generously donated more than $10,000 to the LIVESTRONG Foundation. This year, I am at it again, and am asking you to join my team in the fight against cancer.

I’ve been asked a few times about the impact of the Lance news on LIVESTRONG. My short answer is that LIVESTRONG is not about Lance – yes, it was his foundation, but he’s stepped away from it now – it’s about providing services and resources to cancer patients and their support teams (friends, family, loved ones) during their LIVESTRONG does not fund research for a cure – important work that others are doing, but work that doesn’t fit its mission of helping people now. (My long answer appears on this post from November (before the Oprah interview).)

I would greatly appreciate your support. You can donate on-line on my fundraising page.

If, however, you feel that you cannot support LIVESTRONG because of Lance, I understand. I only ask that you consider donating to another organization fighting the cancer war instead.

Thank you for your consideration!

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