My Fundraising Page
May 22, 2011
Racing to Save Lives
Hi Friends and Family,
A huge thank you to those of you who have joined my fundraising campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and for your encouraging notes. Thanks also to those of you who have shared my letter with your circle of friends.
Our training rides are lengthening...up to 70 miles with lots of hills...some long endurance inclines (my preferred climbs) and some shorter steeper grades (a continual self pep-talk is imperative to crest these...arrrg!)...yet, the downhill buzz is always worth the grit! Inside this Edsel is a Corvette heart. April 23, 2011, we rode in such a downpour that all the underpasses were flooded. The water so deep, it was up to our calves. The last underpass we forged had a current so strong, pedaling was redefined. One teammate feared she would fall off, never to be heard from again. At lunch, we literally left puddles where we sat (no inside jobs!). And, what ride could be more tenuous than one with no spare tube left among us!!!? Fortunately, we all completed the ride without incident and are here to share the story.
May 1, 2011, we joined the Salem Bike Club's "Cookie Monster" Metric Century Ride. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day's ride through the farmland and rolling hills N / NW of Salem with about 2,000 other cyclists.
May 5, I had a bit of a set back, my bike was stolen. On the 'up side', Kate, our TNT Campaign Coordinator has lent me her bike to complete my training and make the 100 mile ride around Lake Tahoe. I'm pedaling onward for LLS!
May 13, I was overwhelmed to discover that a very generous community member, wishing to remain anonymous, offered to replace my bike. Today, May16, I am pedaling for LLS on this bike. Two other individuals have replaced my bike accessories. I am so very fortunate and grateful to these folks for their kindness, consideration, and generosity. Together we are all striving to make a healthier community.
We were fortunate to have dry weather for our 81 mile training ride today, May 21. The forcast was 20-30% chance of rain. This was our last long ride before Lake Tahoe. It was terrific to give my new bike a workout. Sweet ride, shifts smoothly, the seat is really comfy, and I seem to climb better with it. I am thrilled! I hope to get in a number of shorter rides to get some miles on it and have it tuned before it ships to Lake Tahoe...wish me luck, the clock is ticking.
Above is Kate, our honoree, who celebrated her 5th birthday January 17th. Kate had her last chemo on February 10, 2011 and as of May 1, 2011 her tests show no cancer cells. She was diagnosed at age 2 1/2. Yeah! Go Kate!
LLS is funding the cancer fight. Please join me, as partner in Team In Training, by making a financial contribution to my fundraising campaign. Your donations are 100% tax deductible and will help advance the discovery of a cure. By joining me, we are helping the battle! My goal is to raise $2,300 by June 5, 2011.
Please use the link on this page to donate online quickly and securely. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation.
Prefer to write a check? Make it payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and mail it to: Edana Paz, 86950 Cedar Flat Road, Springfield, OR 97478. No contribution is too small, I am grateful for whatever you can give to be part of my journey, helping me reach my goal of $3,600.
Please consider and make a donation. Follow my progress, go to my website often. Sharing my letter is appreciated.
I'm cycling in memory of: Hugh Howard Housen, Brian Beeler, Sr., Mike Streeter, Peter John Curtin, and Rae Leonard; and in honor of: Bruce Boynton, Geraldine "Charlie" Coraag, "Kristen", and a long time friend wishing to remain anonymous. Is there someone, in whose honor you wish to donate, send me their name and I will gladly post it on my website and wear a ribbon bearing their name, the day of the 100 mile ride around Lake Tahoe.
On behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I thank you immensely for your support. Your generosity helps save lives through research, direct patient support and the sharing of best practices for prevention and survival of blood cancers.
Team In Training
A few statistics from LLS:
- Every 5 minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood disease and every 10 minutes someone loses their battle.
- Fundraising dollars going to LLS directly benefit research, patient services and patient aid.
- Due to the research funded through LLS, the 5-year survival rate for a patient living with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia is now 95%, up from 5% in the '60's. The survival rate of childhood Leukemia has risen from 5% to 88% in the same period.
- The FDA has approved 39 drugs to fight cancer. Of these, 19 were for blood cancer treatments (all having been at least partially funded by LLS) and ALL of those blood cancer treatments are now being used or tested to fight other cancers and diseases. These cancers and diseases include: rare stomach and skin cancers, brain, breast, and ovarian cancer, as well as Alzeheimer's and Arthritis.