The ride is ridden and the funds are raised! I want to give a final update and thanks for your amazing support of this year’s ride for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
On Sunday, June 5, I cycled 100 miles around Lake Tahoe in America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride alongside the Sacramento chapter of Team-in-Training (the athletic fundraising arm of LLS) on a cold rainy day. The day was a culmination of four months of training, including waking up early every Saturday to train around the Sacramento area.
I’d done the ride three times before (with the Los Angeles chapter), but this year offered a new twist. We began the ride under grey skies and the drizzle of rain which endured for six and a half hours. Eighty five miles later, the skies finally opened up, the sun came out and we were treated to a much more pleasant (and dry) finish.
The finish was made even more gratifying because you supported my ride with over $4,757 in donations to LLS. Some of you donated to me directly, and some of you donated to my team which attributed a portion of your donation to me. Either way, this was the largest amount of support I received in four years of doing this event — I had never even reached $3,000 before. So, thank you all for collectively rallying for this cause!
Our Sacramento chapter raised over $144,000, which, combined with all the other chapters that cycled here, was part of over $3.5M raised to help in the fight against blood cancers and support patients and their families who are in that fight.
Cycling is my hobby and way of staying healthy, but what motivates me is being able to raise funds to help others. In this regard, you helped make this ride the most successful it has been. Thank you for your support and for the good we are able to do together.