This coming October, the annual Pablove Across America Bicycle Ride will be taking place over 1-week and traveling over 500 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area down to Los Angeles. I’ll be joining about 40 riders from all over the country as we take the fight to pediatric cancer! Each day I’ll be riding approximately 75 miles, with hospital visits, video diaries and tributes, and other commemorative experiences as we go along. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime to do something I love for a group who is doing amazing work in the fight against childhood cancer.
You can learn more about the Pablove Foundation by visiting their website and spending some time reading Pablo’s story – it is both heartbreaking and inspiring at once. Pablo’s parents, Jeff Castelaz and Jo Ann Thrailkill, have shown tremendous courage, leadership and initiative in growing the foundation through grassroots outreach and tireless dedication. Their initiatives fund research, facilitate an annual medical conference, and other medical/scientific endeavors. They also directly serve children living with cancer and their families through support and education, and an innovative 8-week therapeutic photography workshop that allows children to harness their creative talents as a means of expressing themselves while developing new coping strategies.
The worst thing about cancer is that it does not discriminate. But when it affects the most vulnerable among us, cutting young lives short and leaving the hopes and dreams of parents and families completely devastated, it’s hard not step up and contribute in whatever way you can. For me, that’s using leg muscles and my contact list to build awareness and support for Pablove’s efforts.
So here’s how you can help. In order for me to join the peloton (a French word that means “a bunch of folks riding bikes”), I need to raise a little money. You can be sure that with every revolution of my pedals, I’ll be thinking of your support and the Pablove foundation will be thanking you for making a difference. I would appreciate whatever support you can give, and if you’d feel comfortable making additional introductions or passing this email along to others who you think might be supportive of an initiative like this, I would certainly appreciate that as well. You can show your support by visiting this link or clicking on the “Donate Now” button over there on the right –>.
If you’d like to keep up with my training progress leading up to the ride as well as track me over the week of the ride, you can bookmark my site or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. It’s going to be an amazing, personally trans-formative experience – and I can’t wait to share it with you.