Hello friends & family,
As many of you know, I lost my mother, Anne, very suddenly to cancer this past April. During her last days, I made the decision to sign-up for this ride to honor my mother and to help fight a disease that painfully touches so many lives.
Cancer is a very scary disease that runs in my family, and cancer research is a cause that I have come to feel very strongly about - I know many of you have had your lives affected by this disease as well. As part of my pledge to join the fight against cancer, I have become a member of the Fireflies West - a global biking organization that rides each year around the world in order to raise awareness and dollars towards the research and treatment of cancer. This is the ninth annual Fireflies West Ride, and our goal this year is to raise $450,000, nearly double the amount that was raised in 2015.
Starting September 23rd, we will ride 550 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles over 6 days with 50 others from Fireflies West. The ride is very special to me because it starts where my mother raised both myself and my sister and ends up where Jennifer and I now reside. I am personally trying to raise $10,000 to go towards cancer research and would very much appreciate any contributions you can spare.
This donation is 100% tax deductible, and goes directly towards the City of Hope organization. I am training like crazy and have been biking upwards of 100+ miles a week in order to get in shape.
To reach my fundraising commitment, I need your help. Even small donations add up to make a big difference. Just click the big "Donate Now" button to make a tax-deductible donation. It's that easy and it's that important. Thank you so much for your support!
Thanks so much in advance. Hope you are all well, happy and loved.
A few further details in case you are interested:
- Every dollar you donate will go directly to City of Hope, which is one of the nation's top research and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS
- City of Hope developed the technology behind four of the world's most widely used drugs to fight cancer: Drugs like Herceptin, Avastin, Rituxan, and Erbitux that are used worldwide to fight and treat cancer.
- When you give to City of Hope, you give directly to the source: Because other charity organizations like Livestrong and Susan G Komen support research at City of Hope, supporting the Fireflies West removes the middle man and goes straight into life-saving research.