POST-LIVESTRONG ASSEMBLY, PRE-BIKE EXPO ANTICIPATION
Hello, "Ride for LIVESTRONG Seattle" Followers!
As a 2013 Senior LIVESTRONG Leader, I just returned from almost a week of training at the annual LIVESTRONG Assembly, in Chicago, Illinois and wanted to write a quick note:
A few weeks ago, I must admit that I was uneasy heading into the Seattle Bike Expo (next weekend, March 9-10, 2013), which is our group's first LIVESTRONG event for the year, and which sets the tone for our group during the season: I mean, how settled would we feel about LIVESTRONG, and what would we say to Expo-goers as they asked about LIVESTRONG this year?
Well, the good news is that the LIVESTRONG Assembly has reaffirmed my initial beliefs in the Foundation. LIVESTRONG is not going anywhere. Will it thrive? Hell, yes. Will it continue to grow, strengthen its survivor-focused programs and chart new territory to fill the voids in the cancer community? Absolutely.
I was blown away by the energy, commitment and hearfelt dedication of LIVESTRONG staff, Leaders, Mentors, community partners and grantees - over 500 of them, who flew in from all corners of the globe - all working together to coordinate, grow and enhance existing and new programs. The unanimous feeling was to double-down and move forward and continue to serve the 28 million people currently affected by cancer.
I invite you to check out the link above, which gives a heartfelt behind-the-scenes look at the work of the LIVESTRONG Foundation's staff, as well as this year's "State of the Foundation" address here: http://blog.livestrong.org/2013/02/28/the-2013-state-of-the-foundation-address/ which should give great insight into the Foundation that we support.
I'm looking forward to next weekend's Seattle Bike Expo with great anticipation and excitement. There remains a lot to accomplish - please drop by and say hello! We look forward to talking to you - our excitement is contagious.