Archive | June, 2012

Biking 150 Miles

19 Jun

As some of you probably know, I am doing a bicycling fundraiser this summer. It’s the Scenic Shore 150, a ride from Mequon to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. I will ride 75 miles on Saturday July 21st, and 75 more miles on Sunday July 22nd. It’s a fundraising ride for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

In 1999, my wife Alicia lost a cousin to Leukemia, Dana Lichterman. It was a tough loss for her, her and Dana were pretty close. The loss hit the family in general pretty hard, and it prompted my late father-in-law Gary Zipperer to start a relay-for-life team called Dana’s Hikers for Hope. All throughout my relationship with Alicia the Relay was a part of our summers. A couple years ago, we were hit with the news that Gary himself had cancer, a rare form of carcinoid tumor. We ended up having over a year more with Gary than we thought we would, but he passed away in December of 2011. It was a pretty tough time, and still is, but we’re growing, and adjusting and relying on God.

This summer, I have re-discovered how much I love cycling. The freedom of biking has been amazing. I commute to work, do group rides and am even saving up for a road racing bike so I can race. When I saw the pamphlet at Chain Reaction Cyclery in Appleton, I knew that I had to do the ride. I know that it’s a different form of cancer, but it’s a way that I can use my own passion to hopefully bring good to others, and I am really looking forward to it.

In summation, I still need to raise some funds for the ride, by June 29th. Some of you have already donated, and thank you SO much for that, I really appreciate it! For anyone else, I would really appreciate any about you can donate. It does make a difference. If you feel so inclined, you can head to my website here to do an online donation, it’s the quickest and easiest. And thanks again for your support (=

I’ll be sure to tweet updates when I’m riding so you can keep up with my riding progress!