Thanks for Donating Almost $2,800 to Support Me and a Great Cause!
The HCRA recently had a reunion ride where the funds were presented to the 10 beneficiary agencies. The Ride beat its fundraising goal of $550,00 by $22,000, which is great news! This means more funds can pay for services for people living with HIV in Central Texas – a number that’s sadly growing. Here’s a link to a short news story and video on local NBC affiliate KXAN. It was filmed by Frank Martinez, whom I’m proud to report I arranged to be there.
Here’s also a photo of those of us sporting the LOVE SPOKE Jersey.
A Big Public Thank You to All My Supporters!
|A Dude Abikes (yes, I donated to try to win a bike and can thank myself!)|
|Andrew Dodson – Maintenance of Austin|
|Barry C Waller|
|Camp Vamanos – Megan Baker|
|Esther McKenna (donated twice!)|
|Larry and Joanna Vaughn|
|Mr. Amos Ewing|
|Mr. George C. Hetrick|
|Ms. Marlene Rodriguez|
|In Memory of Olin D. Branstetter|
|Pender M. McCarter|
|Randy and Laura Hoy – Rala Concepts|
|Reed Jackson (In Memory of RCH)|
|SUN & SKI SPORTS|
|Sylvia Lopez (donated twice!)|
|T and Zoe Namaya|
In-Kind Donors Also Rock! (and Keep Me Rolling!)
|Austin Reflexology – http://www.austinreflexology.com||Thanks, Richard, for the great massage and foot treatment!|
|Natural Grocers – http://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locations/austin-guadalupe||Thanks, Christina for the gift card!|
|Neighborhood Acupuncture Project – http://www.napaustin.com||Thanks, Tony, for the donated session from Cindy!|
|Open Circle Healing – http://www.brookebinstock.com||Thanks, Brooke, for the awesome donated massage!|
|Peddler Bike – http://www.peddlerbike.com||Thanks, AJ, for the free bike tune-up by Mino! (2nd year!)|
|Sprouts (Great Hills) – https://www.sprouts.com/stores/details/-/store-details/view/store/112||Thanks, Steve, for the gift card!|
|Sun & Ski Sports – http://www.sunandski.com/austin||Many thanks to Jimmy for the jerseys, to Mike and Chris for great advice and help with my ride in the Bike Shop, support from Brandon and all the guys, and the $100 donation from Tiffany and Barry in the main office!|
Every donation, from $17 to $202, was personally meaningful to me and I’m very grateful for each and every one of my donors and each and every dollar. Knowing we had doubled my fundraising from last year helped me doubled my mileage from 50 to 104, a personal best. Plus, it goes to a great cause.
Thanks to Just Some of the Folks in the Bicycling Community Who Helped Me Out:
|Saurabh D for being a great riding partner – you’ll be back to beating me soon!|
|Bryce H and Death Valley Beth – for some wise email coaching|
|Paulo H – for being a bad-ass 15-year cyclist who’s going to turn pro someday|
|Gregg K – for taking me to the Ride|
|Randy L – for helping me go fast and furious on the Dripping Springs Joy Ride|
|Marty H – for rescuing my jersey early on Ride morning|
|Strava followers – for all the kudos and supportive comments|
|All the HCRA volunteers – particularly the goddesses on Mount Olympus (call me!)|
|Dale A – for being the drill sargeant, nature break Nazi and sweeper on Joy Rides|
|Tim Y (aka Frank) – Chairman of the HCRA Board|
|and last but not least…|
|Prentiss Douthit and Nancie Guthrie, the tireless staff of the HCRA!|
What’s Next for A Dude Abikes? Prostate Ride 8/27!
PROSTATE CANCER IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF (CANCER) DEATH IN MEN! (Lung cancer kills more according to the Centers for Disease Control.) Learn more at this link. My next charity ride, that I’ve previously mentioned, is the 1400 Miles Austin Community Ride for prostate cancer awareness and testing. It is coming up soon, in just two weeks on 8/27! Stay tuned for another post on that.
Meanwhile, here’s the donation link if you’d like to support my attempt at a 60-mile, hilly and very hot ride (it’s Texas in August, ya’ll!). I hope you’ll pitch in whatever you can for this little known but important cause:
A Dude Abikes