My Fundraising Page
Jan 14, 2010 by Brett Yates
Racing to Save Lives
Dear Friends and Family,
I, Brett Yates, will complete the 100 mile bicycle ride around Lake Tahoe, known as America's Most Beautiful Ride, on June 6th to raise funds and awareness for research leading to a cure for leukemia and related cancers.
Leukemia is a malignancy of the blood-forming tissues; bone marrow, lymph nodes and spleen. It appears as uncontrolled multiplication of abnormal blood cells. When leukemia strikes, millions of abnormal and useless white blood cells accumulate in the tissues, preventing the production of normal cells. It is estimated that leukemia and its related cancers will strike over 100,000 Americans this year. Every week 1,155 Americans will lose their lives to this disease. Leukemia is the number one killing disease of children, yet affects 10 times as many adults. The cause of leukemia remains unknown. However, the effectiveness of recently developed treatment methods and steady advances in research bring us closer every day to finding the cause of leukemia and related cancers and probable cures.
As a member of Team In Training, I have a coach, a training program and 30 teammates to support me. I have committed to train every day with team trainings on the weekends, and I have made a goal for myself to raise $4,000 in donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I AM MOTIVATED! I AM COMMITTED!! I WILL DO IT!!!
By now I hope you agree with me about the importance of this cause. Please help support me by giving generously. Seventy-five percent of all funds go directly to research, and your contribution is tax deductible. Contributing money is a powerful way to be involved when you can't give your time. If your company matches charitable contributions, please include matching forms with your donation. Of course, your good wishes and positive vibes to sustain me in my training and your heaps of praise as I cross the finish line will also be graciously accepted.
With my sincere thanks,