CHICAGOBLOOD CANCER FOUNDATION’S “OUT FOR BLOOD” BIKE RIDE – PEDAL TO CURE LYMPHOMA, LEUKEMIA, AND MYELOMA
Join Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation’s “Out For Blood” Team for the North Shore Century Bike Ride on Sunday, September 12, 2010 and raise money for blood cancer research. Every dollar raised by or donated to riders will go to blood cancer research! Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation is underwriting the costs of registration for the first 50 riders committed to raising money for blood cancer research who register on-line for the ”Out for Blood” Team. ”Out For Blood” Team riders are requested (but not required) to raise $1,000 or more for blood cancer research. Those raising $100 or more will received a t-shirt and Riders who raise $350 or more also will receive the coveted “Out For Blood” Jersey. Apart from participating in a scenic and fabulous ride, your efforts will help to cure blood cancer.
Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation will have an on-site greeting area. The ride begins at Evanston Township High School at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning with flexible morning start times. Ride a mile, a 100 miles, or somewhere in between. Riders can choose from a variety of routes: 25-mile; 50-mile; 62-mile; 75-mile, and 100-mile. Free refreshments will be available at the registration area before you begin your ride.
Non-riders may participate by forming on-line “Virtual Vampire Teams” and qualify to earn t-shirts and jerseys. Riders and non-riders alike are welcome to participate in the Post Ride Celebration. This is a great event for an extremely important cause! More important, all of the money you raise or donate will go to blood cancer research. Let’s pedal and cure blood cancer.
Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation is committed to curing lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma; ensuring that cutting edge treatments and world class care and physicians remain available to area patients battling blood cancer, and addressing issues of concern to patients and families impacted by blood cancer. Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization led exclusively by volunteers impacted by blood cancer. Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation invites you to join it on the superhighway to curing cancer. It is proud to partner with Imerman Angels.
Part of being at FD camp is a nightly campfire where we wrap down the day. Last night Mateao (cancer survivor) posed the question: what has cancer given to you? what has it taken? People took turns as they shared the lessons that they learned, positive and challenging, from their cancer experiences- a series of short stories that blended and intertwined, amounting in a healthy dose of practical life knowledge.
It is easy to get caught up in the future- trading in being present in a moment to “what ifs” coming down the pipe. Along the same lines, that pace of life allows you to fly past other people and take things for granted. Listening to the stories of my new friends, I heard the reoccurring theme of gratitude, acceptance and mindfulness. This translates to taking life one day at a time. Accepting (instead of judging) the people around you, which allows for opportunities to be open, compassionate and thoughtful as a person. And, most importantly, living in the exact moment that you are in, instead of allowing your mind to dwell on the past or over plan your future.
Without experiencing it, cancer has given me a lot: opportunities like FD and Imerman Angels, and the stories of my new friends that I hope I’ll be able to share with others in the cancer community.
Today was all about practicing escape tactics: wet escapes and rolls in the kayak. After breakfast from our camp “moms” and the gear hookup, it was time to hit the water and prepare for tomorrow on the river. A few people were a little nervous at first to take off in the kayaks and, especially, to turn upside down. I heard more than one “we are cancer survivors, we can get through anything!” That’s what FD is all about! A water polo game and 500 pictures later it was a wrap.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from today:
Join Across the Table and Imerman Angels at Nella Pizzeria for a delicious dinner and a conversation about our experiences with the differences between sympathy and empathy. Across the Table is a non-profit organization that bridges gaps between our diverse communities by uniting Chicagoans from many different backgrounds and perspectives for delicious meals and dynamic, topic-focused, facilitated conversations. Dinners are always limited to ten people to insure that the groups are cohesive and personable so don’t miss out, sign up to join us for dinner today!
Details: Tuesday, August 10th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at Nella Pizzeria
Topic of Conversation: How have we experienced the differences between sympathy and empathy? Can we effectively support someone when we haven’t experienced the same challenges?