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Now is the time to get your I Ride For jersey

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The store is still open for you to place your order for the I Ride For ___ jersey and shorts. If we are able to get enough orders sooner than the deadline, we will go ahead and start the order before the May 31 deadline. We will then reopen the store with a deadline further out. So, if you want to have your kit sooner than later… now is the time to act!

We are not seeking to make any money off of these items. We are making them available for what it cost us. We simply want to make them available so that the message of the I Do It For Foundation can get out. That message? We want to empower passionate people to make a personal difference through fundraising.

It has always been our desire to make this about more than money. Yes, fundraising helps to meet the needs, but that show of support by placing on your jersey the name of someone who inspires you to act goes a long way to providing needed emotional support as well.

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That is why the I Ride For ____ jersey has a blank. You can show your support for someone you love or desire to encourage each time you ride your bicycle. Some folks write in a name while others have the name professionally sublimated. Either way, it is a great way to show you care by putting the name right by your heart.

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There is also a location on the back of the jersey for you to place the name of your Inspiration. Of course, the foundation itself was inspired by the life of Michael T. McCaskill and the organization moves forward to help perpetuate his memory. It is his inspiration that makes me wear I Ride for Mike.

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Who do you ride for? Why not let others know about that Inspiration? Why not encourage them each time you wear this gear?

Of course, we also invite you to check out the I Do It For Foundation. If you are considering a GoFundMe or other crowdsourcing mechanism, take a look at IDoItFor.org. Yes, we ask a little more of our Doers, but we also provide our service with no expenses so that 100% of what is raised goes to the need.

Another step toward reality

Sometimes all of the plans for the I Do It For Foundation seem like a dream. There is a lot of planning and conversations going on. However, we’re not to the stage where there are many tangible manifestations of all of the talk and strategy. Then you have something that comes along to encourage you that those things are just around the corner.

I Ride For jersey without nameI just got the mockup of the I Ride For ___ jersey. I like the classic lines and most of all I like the message. These jersey’s will be a key component of the promotion of the individual/group events used to raise funds for and show support for people in need of it.

While the colors may not be exact on this mock up (the grey will be a bit darker on the top) the design is what we will be going with. The bold orange bars fit with our I Do It For Foundation logo which appears on the right sleeve and back center pocket panel. The background of the lower part of the jersey contains the statement, “I am not a ribbon, a color, or a disease. I am a person. I have a name.”

That statement encapsulates what we are trying to do with the foundation. We want to draw attention to and show support for the individuals who are the faces of many of the diseases and trials that we so want to eradicate in our world. Someday we may knock out a few of those evils, but until then we want to lift up those affected by them.

Of course, all of this is personal. If you are reading this, you know of someone near to you who is currently going through a trial. Perhaps it is cancer. Maybe it is some other physical limitation. It could be a family that has had a financial setback due to a natural disaster. We want you to take these tools and “Do It For Someone You love”.

I Ride For jersey with nameSo, how do you take this jersey — and other promotional items — and make it personal? Well, you fill in the blank… literally. You fill in the blank. This apparel is designed for you to put in the name of the person you wish to lift up with your actions.

We will be making available (for the purpose of raising funds) these jerseys and other personalized materials. There will be several options for the personalization. Depending on the event we will 1) be able to have the jerseys run with a name as part of the original design, 2) use an overlay printing and/or 3) allow users to write in the name using a painting marker.

This is one of the challenges we are facing with this personalization concept. It is hard to operate at a high volume (which keeps cost down) and still maintain the personalized nature. As the foundation grows and we are able to bring on more support, I hope to be able to innovate in this regard.

Regardless, we are not going to allow these challenges to hold us back. We will go forward with what we are able to accomplish and trust God to direct us to the people and knowledge to wisely use the funds we have while still giving a personalized level of attention to those we are trying to serve.

So, make your plans to be one of the first to get your I Ride For ___ jersey or t-shirt, or tri top, or running jersey, or… Well, you get the idea. That is when all of this starts becoming a reality. It is just around the corner.