El Tour 2018! This year I am going to Ride with PACC, a fundraising team benefitting Friends of PACC. Friends of PACC provides funding directly to Pima Animal Care shelter fill in lifesaving resource gaps. These gaps include special medical needs, enrichment supplies, training, etc. My goal is to accept the challenge of raising $1000 for Friends of PACC to help support the lifesaving at PACC! I have first hand experience with the funding that Friends of PACC supports. In January 2018, animal control responded to a hoarding situation where they found over 60 cats and kittens in a small condo, all in varying degrees of distress. We fostered three baby kittens from this situation who were critically ill, extremely malnourished and underweight, and completely unsocialized. In years past, these kittens would have been euthanized upon intake due to lack of resources to rehabilitate them. In part with funds made available from Friends of PACC, these kittens were placed in foster care, given the extensive veterinary care and medications needed, and provide good nutritious food. After two months in our care, with the help of the amazing medical staff at PACC, these beautiful souls were happy, healthy, well socialized beautiful kittens who were adopted all together to a loving forever home! Very much a happily ever after to their very rough start in life. That is only one example, PACC takes in almost 2000 animals per month, and is dedicated to saving the savable! On my part, I am personally taking the challenge of riding 106 miles of El Tour de Tucson! I have ridden in El Tour every year since 2009 except for last year. In March 2017 I tumbled down a mountain in the Canadian Rockies skiing, sustaining a broken femur, torn MCL and torn meniscus. I had surgery in May, and months of rehab after. It will be quite a challenge for me to get back on a bicycle, and train to be able to ride 106 miles!! Please support my efforts and Friends of PACC with your tax deductible donation! I am going to start my fundraiser off with my own donation. Thank you so very much!!