Michael T. McCaskill

Mike Rides a Century for Mike

  • Date: October 20, 2012
  • Time: 8 AM
  • Where: Location in Travelers Rest area to be announced
  • Goal: Help Michael T.'s dad finish his first century!
  • Purpose: Raise money to help fund the start of the I Do It For Foundation

I was sitting in my office when I heard a familiar voice out in the lobby. The voice said, “Is Jonathan Pait in?” The receptionist came to my door and said, “There is someone here to see you. Are you available to speak with him?” I jokingly replied, “Well, it depends on who it is!” I then stood and approached the door to find Michael T. McCaskill’s dad standing just on the other side.

This was a surprise! I didn’t expect him to come in my door (the McCaskill’s live in Tennessee) — especially on the very day that I wrote on LowCadence.com about the 2012 plans. We talked a bit and then I brought up my blog post and the change of plans from my initial big dreams of a multistaged charity ride in Memphis. I didn’t want to disappoint Mike.

As always, Mike was extremely gracious and understanding. He expressed that he and the family were behind anything that I decided to do. He reaffirmed his desire to see the I Do It For Foundation go forward in his son’s memory.

I then brought up another subject. That subject was his first ever century. We had talked about it during the Family Fun Ride in 2011 and mentioned it in passing since that time. However, this time, I wanted to nail him down on a date.

That is when Mike gave me the best idea of all for the 2012 Ride for Mike. Why not make Michael T.’s dad’s first century ride the 2012 Ride for Mike? Talking about an emotional culmination of purposes! This would be huge!

Mike tied up the loose ends by saying, “Why don’t we do that and use it as the springboard for the I Do It For Foundation?” So, now we had an event with incredible meaning and a cause that would extend that meaning into many other lives. In a future post, I will tell the whole story. When you read that story, you will understand why symbolically that 100 miles means more to me than the hundreds of miles I have ridden over the years for the Ride for Mike.

Both Mike and I wouldn’t mind having some company should anyone decide to join us. Even if you can't ride, you can still give toward our purpose of raising funds to kick start the I Do It For Foundation — the purpose of the funds will go to getting the foundation off the ground and get us started funding the development of the tools the foundation seeks to create to serve others.

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I want to Ride for Mike!
Anyone is welcome to join us on the ride. There are options available to you. Choose which one from the list below. We will be in contact with you to give you further instructions.
  • We will be listing this name on the I Do It For Foundation website (idoitfor.org) and will be encouraging others to give in recognition of this person.

Where do funds go?

In 2012 all donations will go entirely toward the creation of the I Do It For Foundation. This new foundation is being created to make the Ride for Mike concept available to individuals who want to start their own "rides for."




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