In a few weeks, I will be participating in a bike tour with the sole purpose of raising money for cancer research. Last year, I rode with a group of guys for 43 miles. This year, I am doing the full 180 mile (289.6 km) tour over two days. I get nothing out of this endeavor other than tired legs and sore arms. My goals are to to raise awareness of this dreadful disease and help solicit donations which will help fund cancer research.
The tour is called Pelotonia. 100% of every donation will fund essential research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. I am simply asking you to help me reach my fundraising goal. Large or small, every donation makes a difference. Even a $5 donation is relevant - every contribution is important. In 2010, over 4,000 riders and volunteers participated to raise $7,846,705 for cancer research.
My ride this year has extra meaning for me. I am dedicating my 180 mile ride in honor of my father, Robert R. Kallman, a prostate cancer survivor, who passed away on July 22, 2011. He handled his disease and old age with both grace and zeal.
If you're interested, my Pelotonia profile is at: http://www.mypelotonia.org/riders_profile.jsp?MemberID=64498. Look for the "Donate To My Ride" link in red. And I know that you can be on the opposite side of the planet and still make a donation, as my good friend Arie Geller from Israel has already proven.
I am grateful for your support in this cause, no matter how large or small. Thank you.