Morgan Weinert via Crowdrise
January 10, 2013
In July of 2013, I'm riding 200 miles in two days to help raise money and awareness for Pediatric Cancer research.
And I want to get an army of Bay Area Cyclists to join me on this ride (or any other) to raise even more money!
On July 13th and 14th, 2013 the Cascade Bike Club is host to the Seattle-to-Portland ride – 203 miles over 2 days. In each of the two days that I'll be riding, 36 kids in the United States will be diagnosed with pediatric cancer. These kids will go through a more grueling endurance event than we can possibly imagine.
As an example, my nephew Owain was diagnosed on 3/24/2010 with pre- B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He was 8 years old. His regimen – if everything goes perfectly – will include 3 ½ years of treatment – taking chemo EVERY DAY. Making him feel sick EVERY DAY. Incurring damaging side effects EVERY DAY. 20% of kids will not survive the fight. Pediatric cancers are the number one killer of children by disease in the US. More than aids, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and asthma combined.
Let me spell that out: about 7 kids every day will die of pediatric cancer or treatment side-effects. 50% of those who do will suffer long term side effects. These include learning disabilities, chronic pain, sterility, stunted growth, heart defects, and secondary cancers (yes, this means that the cures for pediatric cancers themselves cause cancer). Many of these issues themselves caused reduced life-span - another 20% of "survivors" will die within 25 years of being "cured."
Do you want to join the NorCal Crush Kids's Cancer team? GREAT!
If you want to ride with us on Seattle to Portland, Visit http://shop.cascade.org/content/events/stp and REGISTER for the ride. Registration opens the first week of January, 2013. The event fills up fast, so don't miss it!
Want to ride a little closer to home? Pick and event and email me to let me know where you'll be riding to help Crush Kids' Cancer!
HERE'S WHAT YOU GET if you ride with us on the Seattle to Portland:
First and foremost, you get to help change the world! Fighting together, wecan crush pediatric cancer! You're already riding - ride for a reason!
You get to ride with other folks who will support you, are great company, and are also changing the world! W00T!
You'll get a kick-butt CRUSH KIDS CANCER jersey to wear on the ride! As well as some choice swag to keep you motivated before and after the ride.
We will have a MASSAGE tent for you at the mid-points. Get your body dialed in while your bike is being tuned!
You get catered (and very yummy) LUNCH AND SNACKS! And a comfy place to eat them at the rest stops!
We will have a MECHANIC on hand at the lunch stop to help you get your bike dialed in.
DONATE TO CRUSH KIDS' CANCER!
Funding cancer research can feel like spitting into the ocean, but Crush Kids' Cancer money targets very specific and very practical studies where we’ll make a HUGE impact - in 2012, we we funded clinical trials for novel and groundbreaking treatments for the most common pediatric cancer - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING. Any amount helps- really!