Here's My Story|
My name is Eric Cook and you have an opportunity to join me in something very special. In June I'm racing Michigan's only 100-mile mountain bike race, called the Lumberjack 100, and need YOUR support. No, I'm not asking for you to help pedal, fill my water bottles or give me a push up the hills. What I am asking for is your financial support to help fight a nasty form of childhood cancer. To tie in with the distance of my event, I'm asking for "per-mile" sponsors... Interested? Since the race is 100 miles, that makes the math pretty easy, eh?!
Why am I asking for your hard-earned money? Well, I'm riding for the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (CNCF for short) and raising money to help them find a cure. A very rare form of childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma affects roughly 600 children per year and there is no known cure for the disease.
A good friend of mine I met at the Graduate School of Banking (in Madison, WI) has a daughter who has been battling this disease since September 11, 2002. Diagnosed when she was only five, doctors told the family Christi would be lucky to see her 6th birthday. That was then, and she's still putting up a great fight (and changing lives along the way with her story).
In addition to my "day job" at Monarch Community Bank, I'm also the webmaster for ChristiThomas.com, a site I created for the Thomas Team to help share with family and friends their story. It's part therapy, part education, but mostly inspiration to spend time reading the journal entries on how the family copes with this curveball life has thrown at them. With well over 1,000 photos online, links to other children's (and "Angels") sites, just one visit is all it takes to remind us that life is a precious we should never take for granted.
By selecting CNCF it's my hope that funds raised through my efforts will somehow not only help Christi, but all of the other innocent children that have fallen victim to this deadly disease. So, won't you help me in my cause and make a donation? Every little bit helps, and together we all can make a difference.
P.S. I'll be posting periodic updates to my Blog, so be sure to stop on over and check it out. You can make comments and offer words of encouragement during my training process!
Donations collected online go directly to the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. CNCF is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. The CNCF's Tax ID # is 36-4370725. www.cncf-childcancer.org. The tax letter from the Internal Revenue Service is located here.