Ride To Reach The Day…
A good friend of mine needs your help. This June, 17 cyclists will travel from San Francisco, CA to Norfolk, VA in ten days. I will be joining them, but for those of you who know me you will not be surprised to hear that I have opted to drive a van as opposed to riding a bike.
The ride is to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer. I have sent the following letter to my friends, and I also wanted to share it with my readers, whom I also consider friends.
I am writing to tell you about my good friend William Kiefer. In March of 2004, just after his first birthday, William was diagnosed with Rhabdoid Tumor of the Kidney, which is an extremely aggressive form of cancer. On August 1st of that year, William lost his battle to cancer and went home to be with the Lord. Each year more than 12,500 children under the age of 20 are diagnosed with some form of cancer. Although much advancement has been made in treating childhood cancer, nearly 20% of all children diagnosed with cancer have their lives cut short.
A group of friends have joined together in support of the Kiefer family and other families by forming Team-Will. Team Will is designed to raise awareness of and money for children’s charities through cycling activities. On June 16, 2006 seventeen riders will be leaving San Francisco, California, traveling through 11 states and arriving in Norfolk, Virginia on June 25, 2006. Team-Will plans to make up to nine stops at hospitals during the trip to help raise awareness in cities throughout the nation.
Along with raising awareness, each rider of Team Will has pledged to raise $2,250. Team-Will has joined up with CureSearch, which: