It's more than just cycling..........It's about saving lives

It's more than just cycling..........It's about saving lives
May 07, 2009 by Kelly Sile

Racing to Save Lives


In Memory of Ivor Nanette Garcia

December 15, 1982-June 13, 1998



In June 2007 I joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team In Training cycling team to train and raise money to stop Blood Cancers. I raised $4550 and participated in el Tour de Tucson 109 miles in one day. Since then I have helped others train for their events as a Training Captain.


This year I will race to save lives again at el Tour de Tucson (109miles) in November 2009. With your help I can reach my goal of $5000.


Where does the money go? Your donations which are tax deductible goes to funding blood cancer research and providing patient services. When you make a donation on this secure website the money is put to good use immediately.


I dedicate my training and fundraising in Memory Of Ivor Garcia-the little Angel in Heaven who was just 15 years old when she lost her battle against Leukemia.


In just a short time Ivor was able to accomplish more and touch more people than most people do in a full lifetime. She was a full vegan, an animal rights activist, a member of the FFA and in ROTC at Madison High School and she gave back to the community as a member of the Sea Cadets and City Year.


To say the least she was an active teenager. As the school year drew to a close in 1998 Ivor began to feel very fatigued and tired. Her friends thought that this was probably just due to the stress of finals. Little did they know that Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) had developed in her blood. As the days wore on her symptoms only became worse. Upon going to the doctor and having a blood test, Ivor was diagnosed with APL. She was immediately admitted to the hospital and had a stroke the first night. She was left with partial paralysis on the left side of her body. From there she was started on massive doses of chemotherapy. Unfortunately the cancer was too strong and one week from the day she was admitted Ivor slipped away in a coma. She had a brain aneurism. She was taken off of live support on Saturday June 13, 1998 in the mid afternoon. The doctors predicted that she had only had Leukemia a max of 2 1/2 weeks.


A few months before her death, Ivor wrote a poem about her name sake, Great Grandma Ivor. In the poem she described a wonderful woman that had a huge impact on others. The last line of the poem reads "Many souls go on having been touched by a life well lived".

Little did she know that she was describing herself. Those words are now etched in below Ivor's picture on her headstone and to this day Ivor is touching others in a positive way.


Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer amongst young people under the age of 20.


Every 10 minutes, another child or adult is expected to die from Leukemia, Lymphoma or Myeloma. That means nearly 145 people each day, or 6 people every hour.


I do not know about you but I do not like those odds. Please help me in the fight against blood cancer. A cure is needed before more lives are taken away from friends, families and people we love.


Thank you for your much needed support.


Kelly Sile

(210)601-2919

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Supporter Comments

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    "Go Kelly & Ripley~! An awesome TNT Team~!"
     

    Ron Schumacher

    Sat Jul 04 12:12:48 EDT 2009

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    "I'm glad we will be doing Tucson together."
     

    Clyde Tew

    Tue Jul 07 09:49:44 EDT 2009

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    "Are you singing the chicken wing blues? Congrats!"
     

    Vangie Moncayo

    Fri Jul 31 05:57:38 EDT 2009

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    "For the wings and then some. Robert & I love you. keep up the good work!"
     

    BONNY B CUNDIFF

    Wed Aug 05 03:42:08 EDT 2009

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    "Go Mommy Go 4 Gold!!!"
     

    Skinny Minnie

    Thu Aug 06 05:14:34 EDT 2009

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    "Best wishes on your ride. Be safe. Ron & Tanya"
     

    Ron & Tanya

    Wed Nov 11 12:40:29 EST 2009

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    "Good Luck Girlfriend! Here is a donation from Bonny, Susan and I from our "Stoplight Corner" fundraising at 281 & Evans last Sunday. We split up the proceeds among our cycle team members. GO TEAM!! Lise "
     

    Bonny, Susan & Lise

    Fri Sep 25 11:09:03 EDT 2009

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    "What you folks do...the commitment, training, keeping fit, working with each other is awesome. Hope you have a good ride. We'll be thinking of you in Pipe Creek!"
     

    Joyce Towers

    Wed Sep 09 01:11:09 EDT 2009

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    "Go for the Gold Kel - you can do it!!"
     

    Susan Gwin

    Sun Aug 30 11:59:54 EDT 2009

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    "Helga this one is for you. I will ride this ride with pride and dedication to you. We shall fish again very soon. This is also from your grandson."
     

    Kelly Sile

    Mon Aug 17 02:37:01 EDT 2009

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    "Ride strong and be safe."
     

    Susan M

    Mon Aug 03 10:52:59 EDT 2009

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    "Go for the gold in Tuscon!!! ;0)"
     

    Denise Pierce

    Thu Jul 30 05:13:18 EDT 2009

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    "Way to go Kelly! Looking forward to our Tucson ride."
     

    Clyde Tew

    Thu Jul 30 12:05:16 EDT 2009

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    "Wishing you tailwinds and healthy ankles!! GO TEAM!!"
     

    Vangie Moncayo

    Sun Jul 12 02:34:54 EDT 2009

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    "Go Kelly! Go Team! "
     

    Jane Ward

    Wed Jun 03 03:21:38 EDT 2009

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    "Way to go Jennifer in getting involved! Hope you meet and surpass all your goals!"
     

    Wed Apr 12 09:11:20 EDT 2017

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    "Leadership Savannah Class of 2016"
     

    Tue Apr 04 03:14:08 EDT 2017

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    "In Honor of Helga Lee"
     

    Monica

    Thu Nov 26 08:35:09 EST 2009

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    "Wish I could be there with you. Have a great ride!"
     

    Christine Sun

    Fri Aug 14 12:13:42 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,959.84 | Goal: $5,000.00
 
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My Thanks To

Monica  
Eric Lee  
Ron & Tanya  
Mary Wrenn  
Bobbie Powell  
Bonny, Susan & Lise  
Jerry Robinson  
Melissa Johnston  
Kelly Sile  
Joyce Towers  
Susan Gwin  
Marble Slab  
Christy Rastellini  
Stephanie Williams  
Kelly Sile  
Christine Sun  
Diane Sommo  
Margaret Lea  
robert sengele  
Eric McLendon  
Clarence Kruse  
James Pettigrew  
Maria Elida Anguiano  
Ralph Alonzo  
Laurie Richardson  
Skinny Minnie  
BONNY B CUNDIFF  
Cesar Martin  
Kelly Sile  
Jane Tew  
Susan M  
Yesemia Garza-Medina  
Vangie Moncayo  
Denise Pierce  
Denise Pierce  
Clyde Tew  
Linda Segesman  
Viviana Tijerina  
Linda Holloway  
Vangie Moncayo  
Clyde Tew  
Ron Schumacher  
David Parker  
Catherine Schneider  
Lise Shipley  
Rita Loyd  
Phyllis Hardin  
Shirley Boyer  
Lenora B Smith  
Linda Holloway  
Helga Lee  
Marianne Gignac  
Jane Ward  
Viviana Tijerina  
Victoria Locke  
Rex Geiser  
Fakhrudin Valibhai  
Michael and Leslie Shelb...  
Jennie Williams