Garth and I turned our road bikes into stationery attention getters and spun for 14 hours at the Fells Point Fun Festival in Baltimore, Maryland this past weekend. We raised over $1600 for cancer research and education. We gave out lots of LIVESTRONG bracelets, CDs with uplifting music, and a few t-shirts. Our efforts were inspired and supported by GIVETOLIVE (http://www.givetolive.ca), an all-volunteer non-profit that organizes an annual bike ride (this year from Vancouver, British Columbia to Austin, Texas) to participate in the LIVESTRONG Challenge. One hundred percent of the donations we collected were given to LIVESTRONG Foundation. LIVESTRONG has one of the highest rates of funds that actually go to research, and to helping those who struggle with the disease.
Many people know that LIVESTRONG (http://www.livestrong.org) was founded by Lance Armstrong; however it’s also interesting to note that LIVESTRONG’s President and CEO is Maryland’s own Doug Ulman. Doug is a three time cancer survivor, and the founder of “The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults” which was organized to support, educate, connect and empower young adult cancer survivors http://www.ulmanfund.org/.
We were touched by the number of people that stopped by to share how their life had been affected by cancer. While we were tired and sore, the effort was worth it.