Ok everyone, I am about to go out on a limb. I will be exposing a large part of my personal life to a group of online bloggers that I have never met (so take it easy Pookey). I am willing to do this, along with a much more challenging endurance event, in honor of some very important people in my life.
In the many years since I found this site, the good people of Sactown Royalty have proven themselves to be very giving. Your amazing generosity allowed us to reach our goal of raising $1000 for the Sacramento SPCA in the name of Kenny Thomas. (Surprisingly, nobody has mentioned this is while the inspiration himself has managed to find his way out of the doghouse. Coincidence; I think not.) And while it may not have raised as much money, the $27 (plus TZ's match of $27 more) we were able to raise through the famous Peaches tee shirt drive will forever live in infamy.
So where am I going with all this? On a bike ride. A really long bike ride. Along with Team In Training, I will be participating in the Tour de Palm Springs this February to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The race is a 100 mile ride through the valley and mountains around Palm Springs . I will be doing the ride with my wife, and if we average 15mph, we will be done in just around 7 hours, not including any rest stops. Ugh.
Team In Training is a non-profit organization that works with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise money for all types of blood cancers. Money raised goes toward research, patient counseling and support groups. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. They have invested more than $680 million in research since 1949 - over $69 million in 2009 - specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, LLS made 4.9 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.
My wife and I have chosen to support the LLS because it is something that has played a large role in several important people in our lives. As our team and individual web-pages (linked below) describe, Laura’s mother was able to beat Hodgkin’s disease in the 1980’s but was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2002. We also have two close friends who were diagnosed with, and overcame Hodgkin’s disease.
You can read all the details on our team webpage (including pictures of us during our training), and link to both my wife and my webpage’s for more personal information. We are updating the team page about every week with blips from our training or stories from along the way.
I know that we are in the middle of the great recession and times are tough. Along with holiday shopping, I am sure everyone is feeling a pinch. But every donation, big or small, is greatly appreciated. Just $5 from you can really make a difference. All donations are 100% tax deductible, which can be done safely and easily through our team website, or by check. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
If we are able to pool $500 from all of the StR faithful, I was able to convince my wife to get the StR logo embroidered on our race-day jerseys. Just think, not only will my wife and I be in spandex (she looks much better than I do) but we will wear the StR logo with pride. I even promise to post a picture on here, maybe even update my avatar. Maybe. Plus, since there will be over 9,00 people at the race, free advertising! (minus the free part).
Lastly, I know how uncouth it is to ask people to rec your own post, but I am going to do it anyway. This is very important to me, and I know it will get a lot more readers if it makes it to the “recommended fanposts” where it will stay for a while.
Thank you for anything you are able to give. Go Kings!