Wednesday, January 18, 2012


It's mid-January in Seattle.  I'm sitting at my desk at work and looking outside.


That's what they're calling it.  We're being dumped on with snow today - worst day of the week, and it's supposed to get worse.  Only 5 out of my 35 coworkers made it into the office this morning, and there are numerous spinouts and accidents outside my window.  Public buses have chains on their tires to navigate the streets and hills.  Most people are 'working from home'. The city has ground to a halt.

Still, I can't help but be excited for what this New Year has to offer -

Building on 2011's inaugural "Ride for Livestrong Seattle" activities, rides and successes, I am working to continue to raise the profile of LIVESTRONG and its mission in our area, champion cancer survivorship and awareness, and continue to bring together people from the cancer community - near and far - to help us accomplish our goals as well as build community and have some fun.

So far, we're aiming to have presence at the Seattle International Bike Expo (see, Young Adults with Cancer Festival (see to spread the word, as well as participate in a host of rides - similar to last year - in the Seattle area, as well as in Austin, Texas.

Plus, as a personal bit of good news, I have been accepted as one of only 19 worldwide Senior LIVESTRONG Leaders - helping to grow LIVESTRONG on the grassroots level, as well as groom the new crop of LIVESTRONG Leaders this year and helping them with their activities, fundraising and advocacy projects.

Have an idea?  Want to join us as we grow?   Able to sponsor us or provide exposure to our group? Please be sure to drop me a line at and let's talk.

More to come soon - now, back to the snow!



Patrick Chatfield
Senior Livestrong Leader
Team Captain, Ride for Livestrong Seattle