My weekend was full of awesomeness, all centered around the LiveStrong Challenge. I am pretty sure, for example, that Matt Chapek’s — Team Fatty-San Jose Co-Captain — speech is the awesomest thing I saw this weekend. Watch it.
Matt’s speech makes me really, really glad that he was the one up there, and not me. Clearly, he was born for that.
Although to be honest, I’m not sure what was with all those bald head caps and muscle poses at the end of his presentation.
Oh, wait a second. Now I get it.
But you know what? I think there may be something even more awesome than that video (click to see the larger version):
That’s Team Fatty-San Jose, standing at the front of the starting line of the San Jose LiveStrong Challenge.
And why are they at the front of the line? Because they raised more money to fight cancer than any other team there.
Congratulations, Team Fatty!
Oh, and be sure to read Ryan’s race ride report from the event, if you want to know what it’s like to spend the day in a breakaway group.
Those of you who pay attention to the Team Fatty LiveStrong ticker I keep on the right side of my blog may have noticed something unusual between Thursday afternoon and now.
Specifically, we went from $370,000 to $411,000.
$40,000+, over a weekend.
How did that happen?
Well, The Pioneer Woman happened, that’s what. Ree — a longtime Friend of Fatty — asked her readers to pitch in and help us in our fight with cancer.
And did they pitch in? Um, yeah. In just over three days, 1,551 Pioneer Woman readers donated, for a total of $28,632. Which puts Team Fatty-Philly within spitting distance of $100,000.
That’s not awesome. That’s beyond awesome. That’s awesometastariffic. Ree’s readers rock. (Though I have a sneaking suspicion that many of them may prefer country.)
(Oh, and by the way, Team Fatty-Philly, since The Pioneer Woman and her readers have given us an incredible head start, I think it would be really cool if we could get past that $100,000 mark by tomorrow. Don’t you?)
So, one more time (and don’t forget to echo me in the comments): Ree and Pioneer Woman readers: thank you for helping us as we fight cancer.
PS: This whole Internet – blog thing is turning out to be a pretty darned good neighborhood, isn’t it?
PPS: Congratulations to Jessica of Virginia, who won the Nikon D80, lens kit and copy of Photoshop CS4 in Pioneer Woman’s giveaway. Here’s how Jessica says she plans to use her new camera and software:
I have a gorgeous little 8-month-old baby that is about the most photogenic thing ever, so I will no doubt be taking copious amounts of photos of her and me together — and then using the Photoshop to erase some of my baby weight in said photos (hehe). Also, my four cats and two dogs think they are the center of the universe and usually plop down in the perfect ray of sunshine to guarantee a pretty cat/dog picture!
Hey Jessica, don’t forget to buy a bike trailer for that baby, too. OK?