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Ride as if your life depends on it...........
Feb 14, 2017 by Billy Dudjoc

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My Fundraising Page
Mar 18, 2017

For the 6th time I will be riding in Americas Most Beautiful Bike Ride to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Three years ago my cousin and teammate Steve Gurnis passed away. His passing changed my life. Since then I have always ridden Tahoe with Steve at my back and doing his fundraising as well. For that reason I have set my goal at $10,000 ($5,000 for Steve and $5,000 for me).

Those who know me well know how important this mission is to me. For that reason I am starting early.

March 18, 2017

 

I was reminded that many of you work for corporations who have matching donation programs. Nga Do I just got your match.....THANK YOU !!!! :)

Check with your HR Department and see if The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is on the list (It should be). For those of you who have donated or are planning to donate please forward any matching donation paperwork to me. I will be happy to forward it on: Billy Dudjoc
180 Wooster Street
New Britain, CT 06052

Tailwinds,

Billy

 

March 16, 2017

Well……Mother Nature is not helping us this year. I am sitting here waiting for the blizzard to hit bringing us 18 inches of snow on March 14th…………….OH BOY!!!!!

 

Outside rides have been a real challenge with cold weekends and March snow. I know, I have runner friends who say they run in this weather. Well….you guys are not generating a 20 MPH wind chill!!!

 

So spin classes and trainers are the answer for now. Not as much fun but necessary.

 

I was on an LLS conference call on Monday that was very exciting. It  was bout Acute Myeloid  Leukemia (AML) This has to be the worst blood cancer we deal with and usually has a dismal prognosis

 

.               20,830 new U.S. cases diagnosed annually

.               10,460 deaths estimated in 2015

.               Average patient age is 67 years old

.               5 year survival rate for patients 60+ is 20% or less

 

                Standard of care has not changed since the 1960s

 

This year LLS is leading groundbreaking medicine approach to improving cancer treatment. This is the first time a non profit organization will be heading up a clinical trial. The reason being all of our work over the years.

 

 

We have YOU to thank for this. All of this was made possible by your support and donations.

I have three friends who are AML survivors. All are grateful to be with us today and are big supporters of LLS.

Now more than ever we need your help. Please Give what you can.

Click on the DONATE NOW link to make your tax deductible donation. For those who do not wish to donate on line, make a check out to LLS and mail it to:

Billy Dudjoc
180 Wooster Street
New Britain, CT 06052

Don't forget, any donation gets you a 2017 AMBBR team remission purple wrist band!!!!

God Bless and Tailwinds,

Billy
 

March 2, 2017

Natasha and I 2014, Bedminster, NJ

 

The following has been rattling around in my head for the past week…..Time to let it out.

 

 Several years ago, my friend Natasha wrote this in a posting:

 

Whether for the good or the bad, Lance Armstrong has given us many reasons to remember him by. And before that sentence launches a diatribe of bad reasons, I want to say that the best thing I remember him for and the one that I always hold near and dear to my heart is his simple statement “It’s not about the bike.”

 

In 2008 after quitting smoking I took the money I would have spent on cigarettes and bought a bicycle for riding the rails to trails. The goal was to see if I could get into better shape and reverse some of the effects of the noble weed on my body. Along the way I heard aboutTeam in Training, a fundraising arm of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

 

My cousin Janet was now two years in remission from Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and I wanted to do something special to try and support her recovery. I got an email from Team in Training talking about cycling 100 miles in Lake Tahoe and fundraising  to cure cancer.

100 miles?....In one day?......at high altitude?...ARE YOU ALL NUTS??

I guess I was just as nuts because in August of 2009, with the money I saved from not smoking, I bought a road bike.

I fumbled around with this oversized monster with this skinny and painful seat for a few months, put it away in the winter. I then attended my first Team ride in March and heard Coach Jim say something that has stayed with me since then: “There is no “I” in TEAM”

We were here not to race around Lake Tahoe but to ride, together, to share our strengths, our weaknesses, our love, our hope, our caring. We are here as a team to find a cure.

We started riding as a group of folks who knew nothing about each other. We ended up riding as a Team with one common goal: To Cure Cancer.

This journey was NOT about the bike. This was about a group of strangers who came together for a common goal. The simple act of riding 100 miles will not find a cure. Your donations and joining us on the journey will.

As of right now your donations have put me at a little over $ 57,000 for my lifetime fundraising goal.  If you can help me hit $ 10,000 this year I will be well on my way to $ 60,000.

You can make a difference with just one “CLICK”. Please click on DONATE NOW so that someday instead of riding for a cure we can ride in celebration of finding one.

 

February 13, 2017

Cole

 

I have been with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a volunteer  since 2006. We hear every day of the great strides we are making to cure cancer. We hear about the 90% survival rate for kids with leukemia (Which used to be a death sentence in the 60’s). We always surround ourselves with survivors who we claim as out honored heroes.  They are sometimes our friends, sometimes our teammates, and always our inspiration.

 

Well……..Not all of our heroes are going to make it. Last January my friend Tressy told me about her friend Cole Paquette, a young man fighting a rare form of cancer (I wrote about him in my January 25th blog entry). We just found out that Cole has lost the fight. The following is his Mom’s blog:

 

https://colescancer.wordpress.com/2017/02/11/apparently-the-break-we-so-desperately-needed-is-not-going-to-happen/

 

In the next few days I will need to say my last goodbyes to Cole because I don’t want to lose him and not tell him everything. Although I’m certain I have said it all by now I just need him to hear it from me again. That bringing him into this world was one of the happiest days of my life. That I’m so extremely proud of all he has accomplished and the young man he has become. That his continued selflessness when he has every right to be selfish is astounding. I am proud at how strong he has been the last 4.5 months and I can only hope I can be as strong as him going forward.  That I am so very sorry I couldn’t fix this for him. That he has people in heaven who will meet him (family he has never met) that will greet him. And most importantly  that I love him more than life itself and I always will. And one day we will all be together again.”

 

I am not a parent and can never truly feel the pain Cole’s Mom is going through. But every time I re-read her blog I answer the question as to why we keep riding every year.

 

WHY DO WE RIDE?

Because our sweat

Is nothing compared to their tears.

Because our challenge

Is nothing compared to their fight.

Because we are all on one journey,

With one destination,

One goal………………….. to conquer cancer.

As close as we get to a cure, it does not make the loss of even one of our heroes any easier.  We all pray for the day when we no longer ride in search of a cure but are able to ride in celebration of one.

Please help make TODAY that day. Click on "DONATE NOW" and give from your heart.

 

 

 

February 7, 2017

Team Remission, Ragnar Relay, 2010, New Haven to Boston

Team Remission was born seven years ago. My friend Alfredo was one year in remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he and eleven friends and family member thought they would run the Ragnar Relay from New Haven, CT to Boston, MA. This was a celebration of life, love, and friendship. Alfie also ran the NYC marathon that year in 4 hours and 15 minutes.

Alfredo 2010

Between the two events he raised over $ 10,000 for Team in Training/ Leukemia & Lymphoma society. The autologous stem cell transplant he received (Partially funded by LLS) is what sent him into remission.

 

I asked Alfie in we could use Team Remission’s name for the Tahoe ride and he was more than honored to let us…..He even gave his blessing to the NEW logo.

 

So folks have asked me what do I get for my donation. You get to see Alfredo grow up and have a family. Seems like a pretty good deal to me!!

 

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

 

Your donation, however big or small, will help us complete this mission. From a very selfish standpoint you have already helped save the lives of my cousin Janet, my friends Art, Kenny, Natasha, Dominique, Peggy, and Michele. All of whom are blood cancer survivors. There are thousands more out there who need your help.

Click on “DONATE NOW” to make your tax deductible today. Remember once you have donated, you won’t get these annoying emails anymore lol. J

 

December 23, 2016

Janet Malik

It seems like only yesterday I was sitting at the firehouse in Avon, CT at an information meeting for Team in Training. I was a 54 year old ex-smoker who purchased a bicycle with the money he saved from buying cigarettes. And now I was going to ride 100 miles in the Sierra Mountains of California and Nevada to raise $ 4,500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I never thought I would make it. Well we had a team of over 20 people and over 1,500 of us on the ride all trying to cure blood cancers. It was one of the most emotional days in my life. I was doing the ride in honor of my cousin Janet Malik who at the time was in her 4th year of remission from Stage IV Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.

 

Fast forward to 2017. I will be riding in Lake Tahoe for the 6th time. Over the years you have helped me raise over $54,000 for LLS. This year my goal is $ 10,000.

 

My honored hero will again be my cousin Janet. Over the years she has helped me through thousands of miles of riding and climbing. When I thought I couldn’t go any further the thought of her pushed me to get there.

 

With this being the season of giving I ask you all to give from the heart. Just click DONATE NOW. No donation is too small (or too large!!). If you are not comfortable donating online, make the check out to LLS and mail it to:

 

Billy Dudjoc

180 Wooster Street

New Britain, CT 06052

“How does my $25, $50, $100, or $1,000 donation help?”

-A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.

-A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences shared among patients and family members.

-A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.

-A donation of $1,000 makes possible one-on-one conversations with healthcare specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options and helps prepare them with questions for their healthcare team.

 

I will be updating this blog to let you all know how things are going. Wishing all of you a great holday season and a very Merry Christmas.

 

January 10, 2017

 

Steve Gurnis - 3/5/51 - 9/22/13     R.I.P. My Brother

 

WHY DO WE RIDE?

Because our sweat

Is nothing compared to their tears.

Because our challenge

Is nothing compared to their fight.

Because we are all on one journey,

With one destination,

One goal………………….. to conquer cancer.

 

So many folks have asked me “Why are you raising $ 10,000 when the fundraising minimum is only $ 3,800?” Well, there are several reasons.

 

I have always tried to raise at least $5,000. It’s a nice round number and sounds a lot better than $3,800.

 

My cousin Steve in New Jersey kind of felt the same way. Steve was one of those cousins who you used to see maybe once a year at a family picnic. We were never that close because he was 4 years older than me. In the 70’s that was a lifetime!!

 

Thanks to Facebook, we reconnected in 2010 right after I did my first ride in Tahoe. I found out he was also a cyclist and pushed him into Team in Training. I became his Mentor in 2011 and he hit his $5,000 goal before he even started training. He sad part that year was I was sidelined with A-fib and could not ride with him.

 

Each year Steve and I would compete to see who could hit $5,000 first. It really didn’t matter who won…It was an excuse to talk to each other. I kind of found the brother I never had.

 

On September 22, 2013I spoke to Steve on the way to work. He was home recovering from a knee replacement. In pain,  but still jealous that I was still riding. Happy he had the operation in September so he could ride Tahoe in 2014.

 

I got a call later that evening from Steve’s sister Jeanne that he had died from a heart attack that afternoon. I lost my brother.

 

That year I signed up with the New Jersey Chapter of Team in Training so I could ride in Steve’s place. I also committed to doing his fundraising. I also brought his ashes out to scatter them on the lake and some of them on my second trip up Spooner Hill…So he rode with me for about 80 miles.

 

Anytime I do Tahoe now I commit to the $ 10,000….For me and Steve.

 

 

So this is the “OFFICIAL” start to my fundraising. Those of you who know me realize that this is not my only email. If you want the emails to stop coming you have to do one of two things:  1) Make a donation or 2) Ask me to stop sending emails J. I will accept ether response but would prefer the donation !!! LOL.

 

Please step up and donate in my name and in Steve’s. He has pretty much been my guardian angel the last few years.

 

Click on the links above and below or if you do not wish to donate on line, make the check out to LLS and mail to: Billy Dudjoc, 180 Wooster Street, New Britain, CT 06052

God Bless & Tailwinds,

Billy

 

January 25, 2017

 

Cole Paquette

 

So last week marked the unofficial/official start to training…at least for some of us. Started off with a Monday and Wednesday indoor cycling class with Elmer at L.A. Fitness. It’s listed as a “Spin” class but not really. High resistance climbs, endurance riding, seated and standing breakaways, and intervals. Good cardio and good pain for 45mins. I think I am getting better as I only wanted to throw up once.

 

Now tack on a great east of the river ride on Thursday with Coach John Ambrose. At one point we played who could drop whom. Not a smart move as it was after a coffee stop to get rid of some of the chill. Little bit of a breathing problem at the top of the hill lol !!! 23 miles and felt good to be out. Most important the roads are safe for now.

 

Saturday ended up 4 + 1. We started out with 4 but ended up adopting a “Kid” along the way. Larry is only 47 and could have easily dropped us all….but didn’t. A beautiful ride up to the Barkhampstead Reservoir.

 

The good news to all of this is that I can actually feel muscle growth in the quads!!! The other news is we have a long way to go….But we will get there one hill at a time.

 

The great feeling of riding together was that we are all in this together. The pain we are going through is nothing compared to going through chemo. The people we ride for would give anything to trade places with us.

 

This year one of my heroes will be Cole Paquette, a young man who has been diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Carcinoma, a very rare form of cancer. Cole is a tough young man and is fighting the hell out of this. A photo of him will be in my jersey pocket as I circle the lake. I know he will help me up the hills!! Stay with me Cole !!!!

 

As of today I am running about 20% of my $ 10,000 goal. I know it looks like plenty of time but last year I seem to remember being at about 50% by the end of January. It sure would be nice to be there by the end of the month.

 

Please step up and give what you can. Anyone donating will become an honorary member of TEAM REMISSION and get one of these cool bracelets!!

 

 

Please click on the DONATE NOW button above and give from your heart. More updates will come as we start to do more stupid things on the road!!!!

 

Tailwinds,

 

Billy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Supporter Comments

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    "Billy, You are tireless inspiration to us all. Ride on my friend, for all those who need us...and who have left us."
     

    Rob McMichael

    Fri Dec 23 04:41:52 EST 2016

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    "In honor of my friend Bill, for whom I would do anything. Well, not that. Bill, for whom I would do many things. Not that either. Bill, for whom I would do some things. That's more accurate. Tom"
     

    Tom Stevens

    Sat Dec 31 10:34:09 EST 2016

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    "Good luck Billy ! Be careful in this yucky weather with your training. All the best being wished for you & each member of your family."
     

    Patricia Axtmayer

    Tue Jan 03 12:48:02 EST 2017

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    "You are a good soul to keep on with the fight to end blood cancers...Thank you for your stamina. "
     

    Christine Turner

    Sun Jan 15 10:53:05 EST 2017

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    "Ride, Billy, ride!"
     

    Elizabeth Rose

    Wed Jan 25 09:02:53 EST 2017

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    "Bill, Thank you and God bless all that you do!!!"
     

    Jean Lynch

    Tue Feb 14 09:41:20 EST 2017

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    "Keep up the good fight."
     

    Bill Uhlan

    Sat Feb 18 04:10:07 EST 2017

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    "Way to go Billy! You're an inspiration :D"
     

    Sharyon & Greg Holness

    Fri Mar 03 04:15:48 EST 2017

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    "Tailwinds"
     

    Jeanne Gurnis

    Sun Mar 05 10:15:51 EST 2017

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    "You're relentless in a wonderulf way Billy. The fundraising journey to Tahoe is a wonderful one. Wishing you tailwinds and a record fundraising year for the Tahoe team. ~Scott"
     

    Scott Luckman

    Sun Mar 05 11:02:07 EST 2017

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    "Thank you for all you do to fight this disease.."
     

    Michele Kutner

    Sun Mar 05 05:47:13 EST 2017

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    "go billy go!"
     

    alfredo axtmayer

    Sun Mar 05 06:00:47 EST 2017

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    "Love you Bill! Thank you for all you do!!!! Much love, Rita"
     

    Rita Rohrberg

    Mon Mar 13 11:17:53 EDT 2017

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    "Wishing you tailwinds! You're an inspiration!"
     

    Jan O'Sullivan

    Sat Mar 04 08:18:40 EST 2017

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    "Keep pedaling. Tailwinds "
     

    KENT STAHL

    Fri Mar 03 05:56:43 EST 2017

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    "Keep up the good work. We need your dedication. I am still hanging in there, but I think my days of long races are over. Good luck. Hope you succeed. Viktoria"
     

    Viktoria Bombardi Wilson

    Fri Mar 03 02:49:23 EST 2017

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    "Thank you Billy you are a sweet heart. I'm proud of you as always."
     

    Ann Marie Uihlein

    Thu Feb 09 05:56:44 EST 2017

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    "Big Stud, Terri, Jess, and I are so proud of what you do! Tailwinds always."
     

    Alex Cunningham

    Tue Feb 07 03:21:00 EST 2017

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    "Thank you for all that you do."
     

    Michael Tutin

    Wed Jan 25 01:40:12 EST 2017

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    "I am making this donation in the name of Cole Paquette. A 13 year old boy who has a rare form of cancer and is determined to beat the odds. "
     

    Tressy Manning

    Tue Jan 10 03:51:29 EST 2017

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    "Here we go again!"
     

    Farah Visslailli

    Sat Jan 07 12:17:05 EST 2017

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    "Keep up the good work!"
     

    Brian Belfer

    Fri Dec 23 07:08:17 EST 2016

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    "Have a great ride, Billy!"
     

    Nga Do

    Tue Dec 06 06:03:32 EST 2016

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    "Great stories, Great page, great purpose...ride on!"
     

    Lee Ann Dangelo

    Mon Mar 06 08:26:14 EST 2017

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    "I know you are training hard and I felt compelled to be a small part of this important fight! "
     

    Liz

    Wed Jan 25 01:42:54 EST 2017

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $5,800.00 | Goal: $10,000.00
 
58 %

My Team

 
Team Total: $23,038.50 | Goal: $50,000.00

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Join Billy Dudjoc in the Mission to wipe out blood cancer:

 Titanium $1,000.00
 Platinum $500.00
 Gold $250.00
 Silver $100.00
 Super $50.00
 Star $25.00
 Other $

My Thanks To

Pfizer  
Charles Rose $1000.00
Jan O'Sullivan $250.00
Barry & Peggy Spass $250.00
Elizabeth Rose $250.00
Christine Turner $250.00
Edward Nickens $100.00
KAREN L ALBERS $100.00
Michele Kutner $100.00
Alex Cunningham $100.00
Rob McMichael $100.00
Jeff Callum $100.00
Rita Rohrberg $50.00
Michael Tutin $50.00
Tressy Manning $50.00
Brian Belfer $50.00
Scott Luckman $25.11
linda robinson $25.00
Lauren Ward $25.00
Diane & Bill $25.00
Sharyon & Greg Holness $25.00
Matt Peters $25.00
Bill Uhlan $25.00
Jean Lynch $25.00
Jane Krish $25.00
Ann Marie Uihlein $25.00
Matt Stein $25.00
Liz $10.00
Mike Jamison $10.00
Patrick Naber  
Lee Ann Dangelo  
alfredo axtmayer  
Karen Grouten  
Jeanne Gurnis  
KENT STAHL  
Viktoria Bombardi Wilson  
Quirky Dad  
Gail and Bill  
Paul Birck  
Farah Visslailli  
Patricia Axtmayer  
Tom Stevens  
Nga Do