Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Know and Join our Awesome Group!

WHAT WE'RE ABOUT (and please join us)!

As we make more inroads into our community in 2012, people have been asking about us, and how they can join our group, whether on or off the bike.  This should help!

Who we are:
  • We are a dedicated group of Seattle cyclists and cancer survivorship supporters, promoting LIVESTRONG and its programs through fundraising, local outreach, and community rides.  We began in 2011, after the LIVESTRONG Challenge relocated from our area, to show our continued support for the local cancer community.
  • We're inclusive. Want to help out in the cancer community but don't know how? Support LIVESTRONG and want to do something about it in your neighborhood?  Want to know what LIVESTRONG has done locally, and help to support it?  If you said yes to any of these questions, and you have passion and dedication, you're in the right place and we'd love to hear from you.
  • We're volunteers.  Our group consists of volunteers who support LIVESTRONG on our own time.  We do what we can.  We have daytime jobs, families and responbilities ... but we ARE passionate about LIVESTRONG's mission and goals to "fight to improve the lives of people affected by cancer" ... whether directing survivors and their families to the LIVESTRONG website or free navigation services, or reach out personally to support those that we can.

We also try to leverage our real-world skills and contacts to help advocate and support LIVESTRONG in the community.  
Know a restaurant or bar owner who would support a LIVESTRONG fundraising event?  A bike shop owner who can help promote us?  Have PR/Marketing skills from work that could help promote our group?  Know of someone who has been recently diagnosed, and could use our help and support?  These are the personal, grassroots-level things that will help us succeed!
  • Most of us bike.  We aren't fast, but we are somewhat intermediate in pace and distance.  We have fun on our rides and push whenever we can, but most of all try to enjoy the experience of getting on our bikes, and enjoy our time together before returning to our other 'real world' responsiblities.
  • Some of us don't bike. That's totally cool.  We have events that we attend off the bike where we need presence.  Bike Expos.  Cancer-related events. Rest stops at bike rides.  Talking to folks and handing out flyers about us and LIVESTRONG.  It's all fun, and it adds up to opening conversations about cancer, and what LIVESTRONG can do to help.
  • We're a community. Yes, off the bike we are equal and like to hang out with each other. Want to grab a beer and talk about the week, your challenges, riding, LIVESTRONG, or your cancer experience (or not)?  We're all about that, too.

Help us grow!
We're out and training in the Seattle Area!  The usual cast of "Ride for LIVESTRONG Seattle" riders above (AJ, Mike and me [Patrick]) are out on the roads and trails, and we would love to grow our group of riders and volunteers!  We're also out in the cancer community at various events!

It's easy (and free!):
  1. Sign up on the LIVESTRONG website as a group rider or supporter: - which also sets up a "fundraising HQ" to help facilitate any fundraising activities.
  2. Send me an email - so I know that you are out there!
  3. We'll let you know when we ride, or planning a community outreach event! 
UPDATE!  Join us for the Seattle Century on July 28, 2012!


Be part of a great ride through the Seattle Area, supported by gourmet food, culminated by a fantastic beer garden and salmon feed at the end.  Similar to last year, Seattle Century will provide a LIVESTRONG area at the finish where, regardless of speed and distance, we can all meet at the end and celebrate our ride together!  How cool is that?
  1. Go to and click on the "Register" button.
  2. Select "Advanced Online Registration"
  3. At the bottom, key in the promotional code LIVESTRONG96 to receive your discount.
  4. Continue the registration process, and be part of our group!
We identified several events for this year, including:
  • "Seattle Bike Expo" in March, 2012;
  • "YACFest" (Young Adults with Cancer Festival) on May 10, 2012;
  • "Flying Wheels Summer Century" on June 9th, 2012; 
  • "Seattle Century" on July 28th, 2012;
  • "LIVESTRONG Day" on/near October 2, 2012;
  • ongoing events and training rides around the Seattle area.
  • "Team LIVESTRONG Challenge" Austin, TX during October 21, 2012 weekend (typically part of the "Cyclists Combatting Cancer" team - another awesome group);
More information when you join up!
Any questions? I'd love to hear from you -
Senior LIVESTRONG Leader
Team Captain, Ride for LIVESTRONG Seattle

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