Sunday, June 27, 2010

The oh-so-mysterious bike ride.

I have several times alluded to a major bike ride that I'm participating in, in September. I am completing a 100-mile (or Century) bike ride on September 11th to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My step-dad, Paul, was the impetus for this, when he was rediagnosed in February/March, my cousin and I decided we were going to participate in the ride. My cousin has since has knee surgery, so now it's just me, but I'm still in! 

The story:
Paul was my step-father, though none of us like the word "step."  Eleven years ago he came into our lives and changed them forever.  He first battled lymphoma 10 years ago and we all celebrated when he passed the five year mark cancer free.

A few weeks ago, Paul was re-diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.  My cousin and I had been tossing around the idea of completing a century ride before this, but now we were in for sure.

Unfortunately, Paul's first chemo treatment proved troublesome.  The chemo did its job attaching the cancerous cells in the lymph nodes.  In a weird, unexpected twist of events, it also created an intestinal tear, causing sepsis and an infection he couldn't fight with a weakened immune system.  We lost Paul
April 22, 2010.  While no amount of research or fundraising will bring him back, our hope is for a cure for all of those still living with and fighting blood cancer.

I've already posted about our loss, and this post isn't to be about grief, it's about asking for help.  

If you're able, willing, or so moved, I could use your help. I need to raise 1800 dollars by the time the race starts. My account is currently showing $125. I have another thousand or so in checks on it's way in, but that will still leave me short. I would really love to raise 3600 dollars, double the minimum amount.  

I will add one dollar for every comment on this post, whether the commenter donates or not, in addition to the money I've already decided to commit. 

If you donate, I will add another dollar, for a total of two potential dollars per person. Don't underestimate the value of a small donation, 1, 3, 5 dollars, every single bit helps me get to the limit. And every single dollar helps the majority of the money goes directly to patients, minus the administration fees of events like this. 

My fundraising page can be found here, though I need to change it a bit since Michael can't ride with me! By the end of the day, I hope to have a widget in my side bar you can click as well.

Even words of encouragement are fabulous if you can't donate monetarily, that's a long ride, and if you know me at all, you know I don't like riding a bike!  

updated: it occurs to me I should put an expiration on this, so all comments made by 11:59 Thursday night 7/1 will earn a buck to the cause. until then, feel free to advertise this post to people who don't normally read!


  1. Dawn, I can't yet but I will donate when the Budget Nazi permits.

    Good luck.

  2. Cancer blows. Count me in for $50. Donation will be made after I'm done paying the vet bills.

  3. Congratulations to you for doing something about something :) I would like to offer you the opportunity to host an online fundraiser with me and my Tastefully Simple business. If you would like more information, you can email me at amy.jungts (at) gmail (dot) com. You can also check out my website at www tastefullysimple(dot)com/web/ajung

  4. I wish you the best on your ride!
    My father is currently battling his fourth recurrence of non-hodgkins lymphoma. I know how hard it is to watch a loved one go through everything, and I'm so sorry for your loss.

    I admire what you're doing and I hope you reach your goal!

  5. This is a good idea (this blog post), and next year you can have knee surgery and michael can ride;)

  6. Put me down for $50 sweets. Would you like me to mail it to you or just get it to you the next time I see you?

  7. I will donate... miss you Uncle Paul!!



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