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Coast to Coast...for a Cure
Jan 12, 2014




Every five minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer and hears the life-changing diagnosis we did July 17, 1998. Unfortunately, every nine minutes someone is expected to die from this dreadful disease. Our beloved Lauren lost her courageous fight against Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) September 9, 1998…just days after her 15th birthday.




But last September, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) announced 'BEAT AML,' a groundbreaking collaboration to improve outcomes for patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), like hers.


The program, led by OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's director, Brian Druker, MD, brings together scientists from multiple disciplines and technology and pharmaceutical companies to change the paradigm of treatments for patients with AML.


IT'S 3,200 MILES


So this year, I WON'T be riding another 100-mile Century. Instead, I'm honored to be a member of the 8-person Georgia Chain Gang...Team in Training riders who will join the Race Across America (RAAM)...all 3,200 miles and 170,000 vertical feet of it! Since it's inception in 1982, RAAM has become one of the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world. We'll start June 14th, 2014 in Oceanside, California and 'relay-ride' 24-hours per day until arriving in Annapolis, Maryland, six days later.




I need your support by contributing what you can to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on my behalf. Since 2004, my friends and family across the country have generously contributed over $120,000 to support finding a cure for blood cancers, but this year, my goal is even more ambitious. By raising at least $50,000, we can be 'linked' to the exciting work being done by Dr. Druker and the 'BEAT AML' research program!


All contributions are tax deductible, and no amount is too large or too small.


Thanks for your generous support!


Supporter Comments

    "Ride On Ben! I know that you will make your goal and that Lauren is so proud of her dad! "


    Fri Dec 13 03:55:29 EST 2013

    "Peddle faster - I hear wedding music!"

    Robert & Jan Goocher

    Wed Jan 08 04:57:50 EST 2014

    "We join you in the fight. Much love."

    Lisa and George Neary

    Tue Feb 04 01:01:56 EST 2014

    "Ben, you are amazing and bless you for continuing this fight on behalf of Lauren. I have such fond memories of her. Go, Ben, go!! "

    Lynn Moore

    Sun Feb 09 06:04:48 EST 2014

    "Good Luck Ben and Team!"

    KR Karu

    Sat Feb 08 10:30:22 EST 2014

    "Go Uncle Ben!!! "

    Kristen and Robert Donnell

    Thu Jan 23 03:35:37 EST 2014

    "Wow Ben! Still riding. Will look for you on the neighborhood roads. May the wind be at your back!!"

    Nick Ranno

    Mon Jan 20 06:46:05 EST 2014

    "I think about Lauren often, and how lucky I was to know her. Ride strong, Ben! What an amazing journey it will be to that finish line, and even more amazing when they find a cure! "

    Kathryn Stafford

    Thu Jan 16 04:36:45 EST 2014

    "You are amazing, Ben! Your dedication to finding a cure PLUS the fact that you can actually ride a bike across the country! Wow! We will be thinking of you."

    Leigh and Bob Noel

    Mon Jan 13 12:29:38 EST 2014

    "Honored to support your efforts Ben! Ray Pebbles and Tom Quinn @ CornerCap! "

    Tom Quinn

    Mon Jan 13 10:19:17 EST 2014

    "We're so impressed by your dedication toward finding a cure! We look forward to following your journey. Libby & Ferrell"

    Ferrell & Libby Coppedge

    Sat Jan 11 12:07:39 EST 2014

    "Best of Luck, Ben!!! I'll keep up with the race on your page."

    Walter Worsham

    Mon Jan 06 09:44:56 EST 2014

    "Best of luck for a great cause!"


    Tue Dec 17 05:09:00 EST 2013

    "Awesome cause Ben! "


    Thu Dec 12 03:03:10 EST 2013

    "All the best Ben!"

    Kelly Hughes

    Thu Dec 12 02:53:08 EST 2013

    "Go BEN! Inspiring and inclusive of you. Thanks for giving others a chance to feel a part of this epic adventure."

    An avid fan

    Fri Dec 06 05:01:57 EST 2013

    "Thanks for your commitment to the cause, Ben. Ride strong!! Jim"

    Jim Montgomery

    Thu Nov 21 12:55:22 EST 2013

    "What an absolutely amazing way to raise awareness. I hope to be at the starting line since I'll be living in San Diego! If you need anything, let me know! "

    Kelly Ness

    Fri Oct 25 09:37:09 EDT 2013

    "Here's to making the $60,000 goal! "

    Lisa Morgan

    Sat Feb 15 04:37:03 EST 2014

    "May love ride with you and good friends follow you. Love T & T"

    Tom Reithner

    Tue Feb 11 12:08:10 EST 2014

    "You are such an encouragement. Keep up the fight for a cure!!! Happy riding!"

    John and Lisa Dolan

    Wed Feb 05 04:35:50 EST 2014

    "Ben, you are truly inspiring. I wish you and your team much strength as you press on . God Bless! Karleen Hickok"

    Karleen Hickok

    Wed Jun 18 05:57:11 EDT 2014

    "Best wishes to Ben Skinner and the team. Have a safe and successful journey! Eileen"

    Eileen Martinson

    Mon Jun 16 08:21:17 EDT 2014

    "Way to reach your goal!!! Love YOU, brother Ben!!!!"

    Sharon Kane

    Fri Jun 13 01:31:25 EDT 2014

    "Best of luck on your race!"

    Christina Graf

    Thu Jun 12 04:08:20 EDT 2014

    "Go Ben!!"

    Bob & Janet Graff

    Thu Jun 12 03:26:50 EDT 2014

    "In honor of my paternal grandfather, who passed away from Leukemia in 1948, and my nephew, James Arizpe, and Austin / Travis County EMT who passed away last Monday at the age of 36, not from this dreaded disease, but from an accidental gun shot wound."

    Steve & Diana Dunn

    Thu Jun 12 02:46:48 EDT 2014

    "If you will just believe, then you can succeed. It might not be easy. But anything's possible. -- Yeah. I stole that from Jonny Lang. Best of luck. Enjoy the challenge and the experience. Our family will be following you."

    Mark Lagunowich

    Thu Jun 12 12:10:48 EDT 2014

    "Good Luck!"

    John Hayes

    Mon Jun 09 05:53:32 EDT 2014

    "Ben, Good luck on this important and worthwhile ride. Jerry and Debbie Miller"

    Jerry Miller

    Sun Jun 08 11:37:02 EDT 2014

    "Keep it up--you and your team are an inspiration to the rest of us!"

    Rick Scauzillo

    Thu Jun 05 07:40:24 EDT 2014

    "Good luck and pedal hard!!"

    Brian & Cari McDowell

    Mon May 19 05:52:15 EDT 2014

    "We are so proud of you...especially for an old guy! :) "

    Judi and Dale Dawson

    Mon May 19 04:53:34 EDT 2014

    "Happy trails and safe journey, Ben. What an awesome commitment! Bob and Jane Baker"

    Jane Baker

    Sun May 18 10:42:47 EDT 2014

    "The fight continues. Ross & Patty"

    Ross & Patty Hammarstedt

    Fri May 16 02:23:45 EDT 2014

    "You're amazing, Ben!! We're cheering you on!!"

    Rob and Rachel Stewart

    Fri Apr 25 02:41:30 EDT 2014

    "Ride, Ben, Ride!!!"

    Sharon and Mark Kane

    Sun Apr 20 07:13:57 EDT 2014

    "Ben, so inspired by your page...I have loved hearing Carolyn tell about this adventure you are taking on during our small group!! Our prayers will be with you in June!!!"

    Beth Bishop

    Sat Apr 12 09:29:35 EDT 2014

    "Good luck, Ben! I hope the cross-country trip is amazing!"

    Mindy Tellmann

    Wed Apr 09 08:50:42 EDT 2014

    "Good luck on your ride Ben! Your daughter Carolyn is a dear friend of mine so thanks to her for helping raise awareness of your ride and cause. I lost my aunt to Leukemia before I ever got to know her. Ride strong! "

    Cathie Phillips

    Tue Apr 08 05:39:24 EDT 2014

    "Go Mr. Skinner! Ride on!"

    Madelyn Goocher

    Sat Apr 05 09:59:52 EDT 2014

    "Good luck Ben!"

    Katie Sushinsky

    Tue Apr 01 08:26:43 EDT 2014

    "I ride in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. ~Psalm 119:32 (Creative license taken to apply this verse to your riding team, the GA Chain Gang.) Ride strong, Ben."

    Cheryl & Steve Shuler

    Wed Mar 26 09:55:59 EDT 2014

    "You Rock Ben! Charge on!"

    Chris Dillon

    Mon Mar 24 02:43:10 EDT 2014

    "Way to go Mr. Skinner!"

    Melissa Goocher

    Fri Mar 14 11:37:22 EDT 2014

    "Couldn't be more proud of you Dad! Go TEAM!!!"

    Carolyn & Tyler Baker

    Fri Mar 14 08:15:30 EDT 2014

    "Ben, we all go with you in prayers and love and support. We will look forward to reading the published version of Across America with Ben Skinner afterwards! "

    Steve and Susan Graham

    Thu Mar 13 11:09:13 EDT 2014

    "Thank Ben for your commitment. Glad to be on your support team."

    C. Walker Sullivan, III

    Wed Mar 12 05:44:49 EDT 2014

    "Good luck on the ride!"


    Mon Mar 10 02:45:54 EDT 2014

    "Ben, you are amazing and inspiring! We will be thinking of you and your team and cheering you on! May there be a cure soon. "

    Bill and Shelley Prevost

    Tue Feb 11 10:58:14 EST 2014

    "May the hills be easy and the valleys long!"

    susan sappington

    Sun Jan 05 05:51:07 EST 2014

    "We wish you the best in your ride across the country. Remember to take in the scenery!! God bless you in your continued commitment to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. -Neal and Carmen Abernathy"

    Neal & Carmen Abernathy

    Sun Jan 19 05:32:58 EST 2014

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $60,975.00 | Goal: $60,000.00
102 %

My Team

Team Total: $256,105.00 | Goal: $250,000.00

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My Thanks To

Sparta Systems Inc. $5000.00
Johnson & Johnson Matchin... $5000.00
Anonymous $5000.00
John Hayes $2500.00
Matt & Suzanne McClendon $2500.00
Johnson & Johnson Matchin... $2500.00
Richard & Susan Yow Gift... $2000.00
Brian & Cari McDowell $1000.00
Anonymous $1000.00
Karen and Jerry Lea $1000.00
Warren Shiver $1000.00
An avid fan $1000.00
Eileen Martinson $500.00
Judi and Dale Dawson $500.00
Suzanne and Thad King $500.00
John and Lisa Dolan $500.00
Vernon and Bronwyn Rew $500.00
Marc & Amy Krause $500.00
Rob & Terry Mac $500.00
Louanna Robeson $500.00
Robert Robeson $500.00
Paula Grothe $500.00
William Horton III $300.00
Nick Ranno $300.00
Vernon & Bronwyn Rew $250.00
Charlie and Gayle Thacks... $250.00
Rick Scauzillo $250.00
Orsini Family $250.00
Charles J Paparelli $250.00
James Driesse $250.00
Mauro Family $250.00
Henoch Senbetta $250.00
Kim Douglas $250.00
Johnson & Johnson Matchin... $200.00
Bee Skinner $200.00
Ardon & Deborah Cooper $100.00
Jonathan & Holly Dwight $200.00
Ruth Bartlett $200.00
John Q. Hall $150.00
Robert & Brenda Campbell $150.00
Susanne Bull $100.00
Bob & Janet Graff $100.00
Steve & Diana Dunn $100.00
Jeff Graham $100.00
Rick Friederich $100.00
Ross & Patty Hammarstedt $100.00
Johnson & Johnson Matchin... $100.00
David & Linda Cooper $100.00
Craig and Terri Pendergra... $100.00
Rob and Rachel Stewart $100.00
William Brownson, DDS $100.00
Cathie Phillips $100.00
Allison Mooney $100.00
Cheryl & Steve Shuler $100.00
Brenda Hodge $100.00
David M. Simmons $100.00
Steven De Groot $100.00
Chris Dillon $100.00
Mel Daley $100.00
Susan A. Mitchell $100.00
Gregory & Margaret Giesch... $100.00
Bee Skinner $100.00
Maurice & Sandra Chapman $100.00
C. Walker Sullivan, III $100.00
Pat Horn $100.00
Bee Skinner $100.00
Tom Reithner $100.00
Lynn Moore $100.00
KR Karu $100.00
Bee Skinner $100.00
Tara Gladwel $100.00
Kristen and Robert Donnel... $100.00
Tom Quinn $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Walter Worsham $100.00
Bee Skinner $100.00
Dean $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Kelly Hughes $100.00
Jim Montgomery $100.00
Piper Medcalf $100.00
Dick Ratto $75.00
Anonymous $75.00
Lisa Morgan $60.00
Johnson & Johnson Matchin... $50.00
Johnson & Johnson $50.00
Johnson & Johnson Matchin... $50.00
Johnson & Johnson Matchin... $50.00
Katie Sushinsky $50.00
Mark Cosimi $50.00
Randy Davis $50.00
Mary Beth Sauer $30.00
Karleen Hickok $25.00
Jerry Miller $25.00
Mary & Thomas Phillips $25.00
Johnson & Johnson Matchin... $25.00
Johnson & Johnson Matchin... $25.00
Sharon Kane  
Christina Graf  
Mark Lagunowich  
John Moxley  
The Hobgood Family  
Jane Baker  
Dan and Debby Heller  
Phil and Kelley Hamilton  
Sharon and Mark Kane  
Beth Bishop  
Mindy Tellmann  
Madelyn Goocher  
Mark Lagunowich  
Sharon Waxmonsky  
Jeannie and Jerry Osborne  
Melissa Goocher  
Kent Jenkins  
Shannon Gillespie  
Hillary Dukart  
Carolyn & Tyler Baker  
Steve and Susan Graham  
Randy & Sylvia Powell  
Warren and Pat Abrams  
Deborah & Jim Hartsook  
Bill and Shelley Prevost  
Lisa and George Neary  
Marcie& Bob Bashuk  
Marianne Messer  
Neal & Carmen Abernathy  
Tanner Mezel  
Ashley and Jeff Peate  
Kathryn Stafford  
Leigh and Bob Noel  
Ferrell & Libby Coppedge  
Bill Arnold  
Robert & Jan Goocher  
Ernest & Marilyn Johnson  
susan sappington  
Steve and Susan Graham  
Kelly Ness