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In June of 2012 I will be racing over 3000 miles by bicycle in under 13 days in the Race Across America (RAAM). While what I will be attempting is going to be exceptionally difficult and will challenge me physically, mentally, and emotionally, it pales in comparison to what those with cancer (and their friends & families) have to deal with - they're battling for their lives! Since I have both friends and family members who have been impacted by Leukemia, I have chosen to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while training for and competing in RAAM.
Specifically, I will be racing RAAM to honor Dustan Drake. Dustan's mother, Isabelle, is a friend who set a course record at RAAM on a 4 woman relay team last year, and who has done countless other ultra-cycling events. When I heard from Isabelle that Dustan had been diagnosed with Leukemia, it had a big impact on me - Dustan is only 26 years old. A few years ago I'd spoken with Dustan and he'd just completed a 100 mile bike ride with his sister, and was super excited about doing more cycling and getting into triathlons while studying mechanical engineering in San Jose (he has since graduated and is now working). In November of 2011 Dustan was diagnosed with CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia). There is no cure for this cancer, but there is very good treatment. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society create hope for the future and the possibility of a cure.
My goal is to raise at least $10,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Donations can be made at www.svmb.llsevent.org/Joan in the US and at http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=3272305&langPref=en-CA in Canada. All donations are tax deductible, and 100% of what you donate goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. While donations of any amount are accepted, here are some suggested donation levels:
To recognize donors, anyone who donates $30 or more can choose a time station to "sponsor". I will list time station sponsors here on my website, and during the course of the race my crew will recognize the sponsors for each time station on Facebook, Twitter, and my website as we pass through the time station. After you make your donation you will receive an email containing my email address so that you can send me your time station choice. The list of time stations can be found at the bottom of this page, but first, here is some additional information about blood cancer and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has been working for over 60 years to find better treatments and cures for these diseases, and their relentless pursuit of a cure has had a profound impact. Survival rates across all blood cancers have doubled and tripled in the last 20 years. And the survival rate for childhood leukemia has increased from just 4% to over 85% today!
There is no doubt that your support will contribute to more advances, and will save more lives.
Please give as generously as you can. More than 957,000 people living with blood cancers in the U.S. today—some of them are our neighbors and friends—will be as grateful as I will be for your support. Thank you so much!
There is lots more information about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society available. You can visit their website at www.lls.org, or click on any of the links below to learn more about:
|Time Station||Generously Sponsored By
(multiple sponsors per time station allowed)
|Lake Henshaw, California||Joel Southern, Heather Savage|
|Brawley, California||Scott Bolter, Jimmy Bolter|
|Blythe, California||Ken Orr, Coastline Travel Advisors|
|Parker, Arizona||Premlatha Kodela, Sheila & John Parker|
|Salome, Arizona||Erin Beresini|
|Congress, Arizona||Isabelle Drake|
|Prescott, Arizona||Paul Danhaus, Jess & Mary Drake|
|Cottonwood, Arizona||Thomas Barry, Kristine Berg|
|Flagstaff, Arizona||Michelle West & Josh Talley, Will Cronyn|
|Tuba City, Arizona||John Henry Maurice|
|Kayenta, Arizona||Russ & Sheila Stevens|
|Mexican Hat, Utah||Ingrid Hillhouse, Lee Mitchell, Tina Svihura|
|Montezuma Creek, Utah||Franz Kelsch|
|Cortez, Colorado||Jennie Phillips|
|Durango, Colorado||Michael S., Marco Soldano|
|Pagosa Springs, Colorado||Lisa Clark-Dreibus|
|South Fork, Colorado||Chuck Bramwell|
|Alamosa, Colorado||Carol Hale, Roy Benton|
|La Veta, Colorado||Ruth & Marco Palmeri, Carol LoCoco|
|Trinidad, Colorado||Debbie Cain & Sandy Debattista|
|Kim, Colorado||Jean Tam|
|Walsh, Colorado||Ildiko Papp|
|Ulysses, Kansas||Andi Ramer|
|Montezuma, Kansas||Chetan Raina, Jayne Williams|
|Greensburg, Kansas||Ken Emerson|
|Pratt, Kansas||Missey Moe-Cook|
|Maize, Kansas||Elizabeth Vargas|
|El Dorado, Kansas||Vidya Devarasetty|
|Yates Center, Kansas||Cary Tepper, Dennis Feick|
|Ft Scott, Kansas||Bob Corman|
|Weaubleau, Missouri||Thierry Masciarelli|
|Camdenton, Missouri||Bill & Trish Rowan|
|Jefferson City, Missouri||Marlene Berro, Carol Toppel|
|Washington, Missouri||Peg Miller|
|Mississippi River||Pat & Hamish Grant, Annie S., Bill & Marion Lytle|
|Greenville, Illinois||Francis Smith, Johnna Andrews|
|Effingham, Illinois||Eileen Fakas, Kerin Huber|
|Sullivan, Indiana||Lisa & Tony Johnson|
|Bloomington, Indiana||Claudia Montalban, Joe Keenan|
|Greensburg, Indiana||Jerry Cottingham, Brad Cottingham|
|Oxford, Ohio||Nona Barker, Carol Ashburner, Sheila Moorhouse|
|Blanchester, Ohio||Becky Berka & Ann Maras, Tory Tanaka|
|Chillicothe, Ohio||Alan Stokes, Anna & Rick Stewart|
|Athens, Ohio||Thomas Fitzsimmons, Bruce Entin & Aviva Fronen|
|Ellenboro, West Virginia||Luci, Linda Bott|
|Grafton, West Virginia||Neal Herman, Anjali & Amrutha Mandapuram|
|Keyser, West Virginia||Laura Fleck, Kitty Goursolle|
|Cumberland, Maryland||Bashar Aziz|
|Hancock, Maryland||Amy Rubin, Jason Pierce|
|Rouzerville, Pennsylvania||Stephanie Kubik|
|Hanover, Pennsylvania||Amal Zerrouki, Jeff Radick|
|Mt Airy, Maryland||Laura & Brian Drake|
|Odenton, Maryland||Alison Ashburner|
|Annapolis, Maryland||Tom Davis, Art Riihimaki, Marilyn Runge|
|FINISH, City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland||Dawn Chuck, Gail Waters|