When things are going really badly, it’s especially great to get a piece of good news. Yesterday and this morning, for example, I noticed that Susan isn’t absently wandering around as much now, and that her coordination seems to be improved — evidence that the steroids and radiation are doing their job.
I also got email last night from the Twin Six guys saying that the 2008 jerseys will be here very soon.
Last year, the pink Fat Cyclist jerseys were specifically for supporting Susan, with half the proceeds going towards Susan’s treatment and half the proceeds going to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
This time, things are going to be a little different. We’ve got family and friends doing a lot of traveling and driving to help us out, not to mention the expenses that come with something like this. So this year, I’m going to use all the proceeds from all the jerseys — both orange and pink — toward Susan’s fight. In other words, when you buy a Fat Cyclist jersey — no matter what color or gender — every penny I get will go toward helping my wife, and offsetting the costs friends and family incur as they help my wife.
How Soon and where?
The jerseys will go on sale Monday, May 19, at noon Central time, and will be sold from the Twin Six site. I’ll post a link on that day.
The 2008 Fat Cyclist jerseys will cost $70.00, plus shipping.
Let’s Take A Look
It’s been a while since I announced the 2008 jerseys, so here’s a reminder of what they look like.
Here’s the Men’s, front view:
And here’s the Men’s, back view:
Here’s the Women’s, front view:
And Women’s, back view:
There will also be an extremely limited number of Men’s jerseys in pink.
Team Fatty Fighting for Susan
No matter what jersey you get, the “WIN” is now part of the Fat Cyclist Clydesdale logo. And the inside of your collar shows your support:
I’ve always been excited about these jerseys, but now I’m especially glad that both the orange and the pink ones have the messages of support.
And, speaking of support, thanks to everyone who’s been sending email and leaving comments. I read them all and they give me a huge lift.
I’ve said it before, but I mean it now more than ever: People who say the Web’s a bad place have been hanging around the wrong neighborhoods.
PS: My friend Kenny left the following comment on my blog this morning:
Dear Readers of Fatcyclist.com,
This last week has been truly tragic learning of the down turn of Suzanâ€™s illness. As I read these comments left by all you good people, the over all theme is the same. â€œWhat can we do for Elden, Susan and their kids?â€ I decided it was time to stop wondering and time to start doing. I set up a bank account in Eldenâ€™s name at a local bank here in Utah. It is linked to pay pal. The pay pal account is firstname.lastname@example.org . If you donâ€™t have a pay pal account you can also donate by going to my businessâ€™s website http://www.kennysphoto.com and clicking on the link in the middle of the page, where you can donate with the credit card of your choice. Please know that all funds collected will go directly to this bank account and after a two month period will be given to Elden, Susan and Family. Elden is unaware of this account, until now, of course. Iâ€™m not sure how he will react to this comment, but if he removes it, Iâ€™m going to continue to put it back on his blog and I invite you as fatcyclist readers to also put this on your own respective blogs. I truly believe that we bless our own lives, when we help others, so I hope that Elden will allow us to help him through this very trying time in his life. He truly has touched each one of us, through his writing and his friendship.
First, let me say that I’m touched. I’ve got great friends. Second, I’m going to say that right now I actually appreciate help like this. Even though I’ll be tempted to use it to buy another bike, I promise I will use every cent to help Susan with her treatment and to offset the expenses others take on on our behalf.