I’m virtually joining thousands of people in Seattle committing to bike, run, walk, and raise money to obliterate cancer.
I took it in a little different direction, riding from Seattle to Boston to raise awareness and funds whìle honoring the memory of my friend, Al Salm.
Al was a great friend and a regular cycling partner. He'd wanted to ride with me at the beginning. Even a few weeks before he passed away on May 5, he was trying to figure how to participate.
I started doing this six years ago in memory of family and other friends taken. And I ride for those close to me who are currently in the fight to kick cancer OUT of their lives.
As part of my cross-country ride, I asked donors to give me names of people affected by cancer who I could add to my jersey. I'm finished crossing the country, but there's still time to add more before a final ride on the official virtual Obliteride Day, Saturday, Aug. 14.
Here's who is listed so far: Alan (Al) Salm, Karen Armstrong, Jerry Armstrong, Susanna Ray, Cal Van Zee, David John Wyatt, Bill Hovik, Jason Oh, Kat Green, Judy Gertz, Claud Christianson, Audrey Hullinger, Tim Peer, Aven Berg, Ron Berg, Beth Hanson, Kenn Kim, Bill Rieflin, Jessica Chidester, Sue Marino, Joe Marino, Maria Markowski, Kristen Dailey and the J2 Women, RIcky Reddington, Janice Brandt, Tim Brandt, Ed Cruz, my Dad, Dick Splitstone, Charles Blondino, Kathy Abbe, Lucille McCoy, Muncie Mink, Hope Mink, Pat Loots, Fumiko Nakashima, Mike Loehrke, John Wood, Paula Gardiner, Wayne Foster, Elaine Colvin, Jack Bell, Elvia, Mike Suminski, Ron Jones, Mary Ann Fredrickson, Patti Jones, Kathleen Wallace, CK Terrill, Vinnie Diadone, DJ Loper, Greg Loper, Sandi Vande Berg, Terri Ray, Bruce Ray, Glen Bos, Kim-An Lieberman, Mollie Anthony and Akbar Khorasanizadeh.
Every Obliteride-raised dollar goes to lifesaving research at Fred Hutch. Researchers there are advancing breakthrough treatments, ramping up prevention and diagnosis, and bringing together the best minds in science, tech, and business to save more lives, more quickly.
It’s amazing! But bold research takes money — and that’s where we come in.
Please donate today and join me in putting cancer in its place: Behind us.