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Pelotonia

September 13, 2009

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My husband (my David) works at The Ohio State University as a grad student in the Comprehensive Cancer Center, working in the lab as he is getting his PhD in biology. A couple weekends ago there was a bike tour to raise funds for the James Cancer Hospital, (which is the place to go in Ohio if you are diagnosed with cancer), and The Comprehensive Cancer Research Center at Ohio State. This bike tour, Pelotonia, had several distances of rides to go on, and David signed up for the longest leg 180 miles (100 on Saturday, 80 on Sunday). He raised $2,000 for the tour- and the cool part- 100% of it went to research at the university and the hospital because a private jet company donate 12 million dollars to cover all costs for the tour so that all the money raised by riders would go to finding a cure. Pretty cool, huh?

The way he raised money was he had a jersey donated by a trendy bike shop in Columbus, and had a screen printing shop donate their services to have a jersey printed. Columbus has a huge, thriving local independent business culture, and he went after those businesses to sell them ad space on his jersey. He raised over 70% of the money that way… and got a lot of amazing sponsors. Down the center of the back of the jersey was a black stripe that we decided to have names of the people who donated’s family and friends who have fought and are fighting cancer themselves.

Cancer is such a vile, hurtful, hateful disease- my mother, grandmother and aunt have all three fought breast cancer. It’s horrid. He is fighting- David is working diligently every day, and there are people in ohio who have shown an outpouring of support and funds to finding a cure. This weekend, there were 2,560 riders- and the fundraising commitment was $1,500-$2,000 for each person. Lance Armstrong made a huge donation and rode with everyone on Saturday- which was really cool. I wish you all could have been there to feel the energy- it was just amazing.

Here are some photos from the weekend…

P1010241Friday Night- Lance (a blurry Lance) addressing the riders and family at the opening ceremonies

P1010245Friday Night- Columbus’ best fundraiser and I 🙂 Right before a HUGE storm broke up the party.

P1010270In Honor of…

P1010263Saturday Morning- Very nervous- sporting his sponsors’ logos!

P1010265Saturday Morning- Wearing his helmet- that’s how I was able to keep track of which rider he was- the blue helmet

P1010301
Saturday Morning- and he’s off! See you Sunday! (can you spot him?)

P1010303This is to just give you an idea of how many riders there were… I could only fit half in this photo!

P1010311Sunday afternoon- Finishing his 180 mile ride!! Look at that fist pump!
(you can see his mother clapping and cheering in the very left of the photo, in a white sweater) Also, his father and our dear friends, Ryan and Jami were there- I regret not getting a photo with everyone.

P1010323❤ My skinny, cycling husband who could hardly walk the next day 🙂

Below is what Pelotonia was all about… this was shown at the opening ceremonies (be warned, it’s a tear jerker)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. barefaced permalink
    September 14, 2009 12:06 am

    YAY!!! Go David!!! That’s soooo awesome 🙂

  2. September 14, 2009 12:14 am

    This is so very inspiring and encouraging. Thank you for sharing your own family’s stories. Thank you to David for honoring Katie by putting her name on his jersey; thank you for remembering her and keeping her in your thoughts and hearts. And thank you to David for working – for answering the call – to find a cure for cancer! Many hugs of thanks and encouragement!

  3. Cindy permalink
    September 14, 2009 2:08 pm

    The blog is looking good!

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