Challenge for a Cause

[July 19 | 0 Comments | 1641 views]

Hi Everyone.

Four days from now I'll be sitting on my bike, setting out for a 112 mile ride. The 2.4 mile swim will be behind me, and I'll hopefully be ignoring the prospect of the 26.2 mile run around Mirror Lake. Thanks to everyone who has already donated. I reached my $5,000 goal in under an hour back on May 23. That was the day Christine entered Sloan-Kettering hospital to get a massive dose of chemotherapy, followed by stem cell replacement two days later, to treat multiple myeloma. She was diagnosed last fall, right around the same time my friend Bill Capuzzi sent me a simple text: "up for an Ironman?". The coincidence that the fundraiser for Lake Placid is multiple myeloma made it impossible to say no.

With three days left to raise funds, I am sitting in fourth place at $13,732 ( Fantastic, and far more than I could have dreamed. The Top Ten fundraisers get some cool prizes. I am NOT shooting for the grand prize, because I can't imagine how I'd find the time, but hey, if I win it, I've gotta go, don't I?!?! ("KONA BIB" means a coveted entry into the Ironman race in Hawaii).
Prizes for the TOP TEN
(All Top 10 Fundraisers receive an MMRF Podium Jacket; Kona spots are won contingent upon raising a minimum of $25,000)
#1, #2, - 2017 KONA BIB, Ironman Lake Placid 2016 FINISHER'S JACKET (if above $25,000)
#3, #4, #5 - FREE Entry into ANY 2017 IM 140.6 or 70.3 race in North America (some exclusions apply) (no registration fee, no fundraising required), 2 VIP Passes each for race weekend for your family. VIP Passes include - VIP race viewing at Start Line, Finish Line, plus free breakfast, lunch, and dinner on race day. (This was a big deal last year for racers with patient family members)

So what does this have to do with Rotary? I've spoken about the amazing website we have at Please start with Our Causes. Two of them, Fighting Disease and Saving Mothers, are what this race is all about.

Please visit my page at

Thank you!


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