Monday, July 16, 2012

Support for Child Cancer Fundraiser - I Need Your Help

Below is the text of an e-mail that I just sent out to help announce/promote my fundraising effort to help keep the memory of Christi Thomas alive. Feel free to follow the links to make a donation or learn more!

Christi is my inspiration to help raise money
to find a cure to child cancer.
We miss and love you Christi!
Greetings Everyone...

This message is going out to friends and family to make sure that you're aware of my upcoming event to help raise money in the fight against childhood cancer. Many of you are familiar with Christi Thomas ( and and her fight, and eventual loss, to Neuroblastoma. This rare form of child cancer continues to rob families of their little ones and my hope is that every penny I help to raise for the cause will help to get them that much closer to a cure so nobody has to suffer the loss of their child.

Alicia and I just spent the weekend in Ohio with the "Thomas Team" and had an amazing time. Shayla, Christi's "little sister" is now 13 years old and has turned in to an amazing young lady. We spent an entire day on Kellys Island in Lake Erie with our bikes, riding around and enjoying the time together. However, each time we are together I cannot help but think what Christi would be like if she was still with us. Several times while on the Island we were able to overlook Cedar Point, which was one of our favorite spots (because I was the only one brave enough to go on all the roller coasters with Christi). It got me thinking about my upcoming event and wanted to send out a note and ask for your support.

On September 9th, I'll be competing in the 70.3 mile "Half Rev" triathlon at Cedar Point in Christi's memory. When I competed in the event two years ago I finished under 6 hours (my goal) and was able to raise some nice donations in the process (and many of you supported my efforts - so thanks!). As with years past, I'm supporting the CNCF (Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Society - and my good friend and training partner Kathy Roche-Wallace is going to be racing the event as well (but she's doing the full 140.6 race - stud). Below is the event website if you'd like to check it out and see what I'm "up against" this year. The cool part is we finish under the big ferris wheel and they've got a "jumbo-tron" that shows video of you coming across the line, which is pretty cool!

Cedar Point Event Page:

If you are able to support my event financially, that would be wonderful. The link below will take you directly to the online donations page and you can pay with a credit or debit card. Or, if you prefer to mail me a check you can make it payable to CNCF and send to 12369 Verona Rd., Battle Creek, MI 49014. Even $5 or $10 helps (but of course more is better).

If you are not able to support me with a donation, you can still help by encouraging your friends to help support my cause. You can post the link on Facebook or send an e-mail and offer up your perspective on my event and the cause. You never know just who Christi's story will touch and if they will offer up a donation to help make a difference.

Donation Page:

So if you've made it this far thanks for reading along. Hopefully you will be able to either help support the CNCF with a donation or at least send along a note to your friends to encourage them to support the cause (or both).


P.S. If you're going to be out and about at all this summer in Northern Michigan, I'm going to be racing in Cadillac on the 28th of July at the Lumberman. August 11th I'll be racing the Sanford and Sun in Sanford, MI and then head to Ludington for the Lighthouse Tri on August 29th before my big event in September. If you've never been to a triathlon it's a pretty cool event with lots going on.
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