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Take a punch at cancer and end up in San Lucas!

Some of my greatest memories riding a bike have come while participating on the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride. I’ve twice had the opportunity to make the ride from Greenville, South Carolina to Austin, Texas. What makes the memories so special is that you join together with riders and support crew with a passion to fight the blight of cancer.

I won’t be joining the crew this year, but my heart always makes the trip with them. It is an emotional experience and an encouraging lesson in love and support. I want to make an appeal for you to support the ride this year.

You can learn more about the endeavor at P3Ride.org. I’d also like to point you to a particular opportunity you might be interested in. Local cyclist Donna Navarro is selling tickets for a chance to win a week’s stay (2 bedroom) in Cabo San Lucas.

The tickets are available for a donation of $50. The prize will be drawn on October 7. You do not need to be present to win.

You can learn more about the opportunity at Donna’s Facebook page that she created for it. It is always fun to give to a cause in unique ways. Here is a way you can give to a worthy cause and possibly even get something cool as well.

All I can say is, “Thank you,” to Ron, Kevin, and the gang for having the vision and perseverance to keep the Palmetto Peloton Project moving forward. I truly wish I could join you again — and perhaps someday I’ll have the chance. Until then, I have my memories…

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— 2008 Challenge to Conquer Cancer —

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— 2009 Challenge to Conquer Cancer —

Remember, you can make a tax deductible gift for any of the riders at P3Ride.org.

 

The battle continues

With the start of Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride now nearly a month in the past and the miles behind us, it is easy for me to “check it off” as one goal complete. I tend to place finished goals on the shelf and start focusing on the next one. It is good for me to be reminded that the ride isn’t over. The goal didn’t end when I dismounted my bike.

The Challenge to Conquer Cancer and the Palmetto Peloton Project is more than just a set of dates on the calendar and miles to be ridden. This organization is made up of people. Some of those people are constantly in the true challenge to conquer cancer. For them it is most certainly more than a ride.

Whether is be one of our colleagues going through a struggle with chemo or a new instance of someone finding they have a tumor, it all comes back to the realization that I can’t say to myself, “Well, I’ve done my part. I rode the miles. Now, on to the next thing.”

The battle continues.

Raising funds for the battle is just part of our responsibility. We also have the responsibility to encourage and hold up in prayer those who are on the front lines of the war each day. Even for those of us free from the immediate effects of cancer this can be emotionally overwhelming. How strong these warriors are.

I begin to glimpse the truth in the simple statement: LiveSTRONG.

All in one place

Pretty soon I’ll be sending a DVD and a jersey of my Ride For Mike to his parents.  I’ll also be sending one to his wife and little girl.  It will be something for them to remember him by and to remind them that people still love him.

I figured I would go ahead and combine all the videos of the week in one place for archive sake.  So, below are all the videos you may have seen last week during the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride.  Then again, you may have missed one.  Check them out.

The Overview

Day One

Day Two

Day Three/Four

Day Five

Day Six

Day Seven – LiveSTRONG Challenge

Remember last year?

Why not make your plans for 2010?