I’ll fill you in on what’s been going on in my life in future posts. This post will focus on something much more important. I’ll go into detail, but let’s get it out there right away:
I’m going to ride my bicycle across Iowa again this July. Yes, I’m going to do RAGBRAI for a third time, and the first time in five years. And as with the other two times, the reason I am going to do it is to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer.
After 2011 I said I’d never do it again (or at least not for 10 years), and then did it in 2013, at which point I said I'd never do it again, ever...
I feel that it is time to do it again. There are so many people in my life and in the lives of those around me that are in a battle for their lives because of this horrible disease, and I feel that this has become “my way” to try and help raise money for a great organization that really is helping fight this horrible disease.
I donate to SU2C, and rather than just ask people to to do the same, I challenge myself to get across an entire state under my own power in seven days, and ask that people donate a penny, a nickel, a dime, whatever, per mile (of which there is 428 of them in RAGBRAI 2018) to my fundraising page at Stand Up to Cancer.
Stand Up to Cancer is a unique charity in that the corporate sponsors pay for the administration, advertising, and overhead costs, while all donations from the public go directly to research. You can rest assured that your donation is used towards finding a cure, and not a TV commercial or a CEO's salary.
From the day in 2011 when I came up with the idea of riding RAGBRAI to raise money for SU2C to the day I dipped my front tire in the Mississippi River for a second time after finishing in 2013, your generosity equaled almost $16,000 raised for Stand Up to Cancer. I'd love to be able to raise the equivalent of $10 for each mile I ride in 2018 RAGBRAI. That would equal $4,280 and get Team Pedal Another Mile over $20,000!!
I'll post more details later, and I will continue to clean up (dust off) this website, but I wanted to share this news as soon as I registered for the ride.