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Help Fight Cancer and Save Lives

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Last year I trained for and completed an olympic distance triathlon. This year I wanted not only to challenge myself again, but to make a difference. I joined a 100-mile century bike ride in Arizona with Team in Training, of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and pledged to raise money to cure blood cancer. I would like to ask for your support in this cause, and to make donations on my behalf to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. My personal goal is to raise $5,000 by race day, on November 17.

In the past two years I came to know several people who lost their loved one to cancer. My girlfriend, Kelly, lost her father, Dean, just over a year ago. I didn't get to meet Dean, and had only heard the stories of the wonderful man that he was. But when I went into his work room and saw his ship models -- large, intricate, almost too complex and detailed to believe he had build them himself -- , and his oil paintings, which look like they belong on the walls of the Met, I knew what a great renaissance man has been taken away from his family and friends so early in his life. Kelly's father is one of my great sources of inspiration during my race training.

Another huge source of inspiration for me is L., a young girl who lived above my work place. She wasn't 4 years old when her family found out she had cancer. Miraculously, and against the odds given to her, she battled the cancer for over two years, and was already making recovery. But last March the doctors discovered it again, and in April, during Holy Week, she passed away. L. was also the source of inspiration for a series of children stories I began writing two years ago, when I learned about her illness.

On race day in Tucson Arizona I will wear a ribbon for both Dean and L. I would be honored to also wear a ribbon for you or anyone you know, who were touched by cancer. Please send me their names to the email below along with your donation. They will join me on my 100-mile century ride, and will help me with inspiration when I need it most. I am extremely committed to the Society's Mission to eradicate and find cure to blood cancer. And I really appreciate your generous donations. They will help save lives.

One of the great thing about Team in Training is the collective effort to fight cancer. If each of my cycling teammates raises $5,000, we will raise together over $200,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Now that's making a difference. You should know that 75% of every donation goes directly to cancer research and Patient Services, which helps patients and their families pay for costs not covered by insurance. And, your donations are 100% tax deductible.

I will send you updates as our training progresses. You can check out my journal/blog which features stories and poems from my rides: http://bike-to-tucson.livejournal.com. Thank you so much for your love, support and generosity.