I suppose I could just be thankful to find some people to identify with when I say today that I’m planning to join up with Team Fatty for next years Livestrong Challenge. But, for those that aren’t familiar, Elden Nelson runs a site called FatCyclist.com, and has been keeping the cycling world apprised of his brave wife Susan’s battle with cancer on his blog.
Elden pointed out a few weeks ago that the top fundraising teams for the Livestrong Challenge last year brought in 250,00 – 300,000 dollars last year, and that he had a dream to break both those records. If he could get 1000 members to join his team, and each raise 1000, then Team Fatty would be able to raise a million dollars for cancer research and advocacy. He wants to do it for Livestrong, and he wants to do it for Susan.
So, I’m officiallly breaking my promise to myself to not do Livestrong again (simply because I hate asking people for money,) and am going to sign up for Team Fatty, and begin inviting friends and family to be part movement that Elden has begun. If you’d like to be involved in the Team Fatty effort, you can read more about the official start of the team in the FatCyclist post for today. In addition to helping support the cause, there are prizes to be won, and more that can be done beyond just signing up to ride and raise support. I’m just waiting to hear back on some scheduling information before I select which city I’ll be riding in. No Livestrong in Portland, so Seattle or San Jose seem like the next best two options. If I can’t arrange to ride with Elden’s group (wherever that may be,) perhaps I’ll be able to link up with Keijro in California and avoid the monsoon we both endured in 2007!
More news to come about registration later on!