Help Me Help My Sister Help Her Son Get a Kidney, Win a Bike (or THREE!)

02.23.2010 | 10:42 am

This is my sister, Kellene:


She’s the one on the left.

Or, if you’re a frequent follower of the blog, you might more easily recognize her this way:


There, that rings a bell, doesn’t it?

Kellene is — without question — the most helpful, giving person I have ever met. Last year, she lived at my house more often than she lived at her own home in Colorado. She took care of Susan, my kids, and my house so I could continue to work and keep my sanity.

At the same time she was helping my family, Kellene was also helping raise money to help the family of a friend of hers in Colorado — Justin Nye — who was fighting cancer, so they could pay their medical bills. By doing a dinner and auction with local businesses putting up most of the spiffs, Kellene helped raise more than $20,000 to help this family out.

To top it off, Kellene spends time each week tutoring disadvantaged kids.

This is just how Kellene is. She’s pretty tough and she doesn’t want anything in return for what she does.

But right now, she needs some help. And I’m hoping you’ll help me help her. And if you do, You might win one of two very cool bikes — or one fairly uncool bike.


This is Dallas, Kellene’s son:


He’s 22 years old right now, but has been dealing with kidney problems since before he was sixteen, when he went into acute kidney failure. He was in and out of hospitals for eighteen months while doctors tried to figure out what the problem was. They never diagnosed it, and when he was eighteen, Rocky — Dallas’ dad — donated a kidney.

And things were good for about five years. Dallas worked in the oil fields to save money to move to the city of his dreams: NYC. He’s been there for two years now, where he’s gotten his real estate license and has built a small firm dealing with apartment rentals and leases in lower Manhattan.

The kid’s the American dream, I tell you.

But then — right at the beginning of this year, Dallas’ kidney started failing. A biopsy came back with — finally — a diagnosis: a rare, very aggressive form of Crescentic IGA Nephropathy. Which means he has an autoimmune disorder that produces antibodies that attach to the kidney and ruin the filtration system.

So Dallas has been in the hospital more often than not since the beginning of the year. He’s undergone chemotherapy to stop the production of cells that were producing these antibodies. He’s undergone seven rounds of plasma pheresis — a treatment that removes all the plasma from your blood and replaces it with donated plasma.

The good news is, this has worked. The bad news is, it’s worked too late — Dallas’ kidney is toast. Dallas has started dialysis and needs another kidney. Three members from Kellene’s family will be tested (I wanted to, but Kellene says I currently have other fish to fry), and we’ll go forward from there.

And meanwhile, the bills are getting scary.

Help Kellene, Win My Madone or My Sortie

Kellene and Rocky have medical insurance, but it’s not going to cover everything. Not even close. Optimistically, they are going to be on the hook for $50,000, and very likely much more.

So this is my chance to do something to help. And I’m asking you to help me.

I’m going to have a contest to win three bikes. Now, since this is to help out a relative, not a cause, I felt a little bit weird asking companies to donate product.

So this contest is to win three of my bikes. And I think you’ll find they’re not half-bad bikes to win. Except one of them, which definitely feels like a consolation prize. But still: free bike!

Let’s start with the road bike, shall we? You might recognize this bike:


It’s the Trek Madone, powered by SRAM Red components, I won for my ride with Team RadioShack. It’s been ridden exactly once.


It still has the Fat Cyclist sticker on the headbadge and “Fat Cyclist” scrawled in Sharpie on the seatstay. It’s an awesome bike (54cm) with an awesome story to go with it. And you can win it.

(And by the way, both Johan Bruyneel and Trek have given me the thumbs-up for giving this bike away.)

The second bike you can win is my Diamondback 2009 Sortie Black (size: Medium):


It’s an all-mountain, 5″-suspension bike that has been upgraded to an almost ridiculous extent, the result being that it weighs only 26 pounds.

That’s a decent weight for a hardtail. Go here for more details on this bike, which is in basically new condition. Or go to the Diamondback site for info on the 2010 version of this bike.

The third bike you can win is…my three-year-old, heavy-as-lead Lemond Fillmore singlespeed road bike with bullhorn bars and TT brake levers!


This is a total bottom-end, steel-framed singlespeed road bike. But it’s in perfect working order. And the fact is I put a lot of miles on it last year, and have it to thank for getting me into good shape. I developed a good, smooth cadence by riding a lot of miles on this thing on the flats, and I got stronger by trying to haul it up mountain passes.

Oh, and it would take very little work to convert this into a fixie, if that’s your thing.

How to Enter

This contest works much like other contests I’ve run. For each $5 you donate, you get a chance at the prizes. In this case, however, your donations give you a double chance, since both bikes will be awarded from the same donation list.

In other words, when you donate your $5 — or $10, or $25, or $50, or whatever — you’re getting chances at all three bikes with each $5 you donate. Theoretically, at least, one person could win all three.

It’s easy to donate. Just click the button below, then enter the amount you want to donate and fill out your credit card info.

Note: the Paypal email address is bwright [at] gllblaw [dot] com, and your receipt will show a donation to Brad Wright. This is correct; Brad is the person administering the nonprofit that the funds will go through.

And if you’re too tall or too short to ride these bikes, may I suggest you donate anyway and then give someone who these bikes would fit an awesome surprise.

When to Enter

You need to enter now, because this contest is going to be short — less than a week long! The last day to donate is Monday, March 1, at Midnight MDT. I’ll be emailing the winners Tuesday morning and announcing them as soon as I hear back.

And Rocky will be in charge of mailing the bikes out, because — trust me — you do not wanting me boxing up a bike and mailing it to you. Not if you want it to arrive in rideable shape, anyway.


I’ve said, many times, that the very best thing about this blog is the generosity and kindness of the readers who are willing to help me out. So — once again — thanks for helping me pay back a little bit of the huge debt of gratitude I owe my sister Kellene.


  1. Comment by Jever98 | 02.23.2010 | 10:57 am

    Awesome stuff Fatty!

    All the best to Dallas. Let’s see those $$ roll in.

  2. Comment by tylergsmith | 02.23.2010 | 11:08 am

    good luck fatty

  3. Comment by justrun | 02.23.2010 | 11:19 am

    You have a wonderful family and I’d love to help. I only wish it could be more!

    All the best to Dallas!

  4. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 02.23.2010 | 11:19 am

    How did I not know that about Rocky?

    If I were him, after doing one of his sick rock drops, I’d yell, “that’s right folks, I did that with one kidney behind my back!”

  5. Comment by The Chort | 02.23.2010 | 11:20 am

    But wait…what’s the third (fairly uncool) bike?

    OOOOPS! I totally forgot to put that in. Working on that now. And now it’s in there — my Lemond Fillmore. Thanks! – FC

  6. Comment by Mike from Melbourne | 02.23.2010 | 11:27 am

    Happy to help out. Good luck to Dallas, I hope another kidney is found soon and the operation goes well.

  7. Comment by Beth B | 02.23.2010 | 11:29 am

    Good luck.

  8. Comment by TonyS | 02.23.2010 | 11:36 am

    $25 comin atcha. I know it’s not much but I hope it’ll help.

  9. Comment by km | 02.23.2010 | 11:44 am

    Good luck to Dallas to quote the gnome…”I’m on my waaaaayyyy.” to the donation website that is.

  10. Comment by isela | 02.23.2010 | 11:46 am

    Done! I will try to donate again by the end of the week. Good luck Dallas! May everything go well.

  11. Comment by Brandon | 02.23.2010 | 11:50 am

    Sent! I’ll also send along many prayers to your sister and nephew. Going to NYC and doing it that way, wow, that takes some cajones (or pelotas?).


  12. Comment by sandy | 02.23.2010 | 11:54 am

    All the best to Dallas. Made my donation but I have one stipulation. I have a beautiful daughter I’d like him to meet! Looks like a fine young man.
    She’d kill me if she knew I wrote that!

  13. Comment by Mike Russell | 02.23.2010 | 12:02 pm

    I just want an invite to ride with Team Fatty sometime…

  14. Comment by John | 02.23.2010 | 12:07 pm

    This lurker sent you some $. Enjoy your posts except for times like this. Best of luck to Dallas and family.

  15. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.23.2010 | 12:11 pm

    @ Mike Russell – You are invited to ride with Team Fatty in Seattle Washington at the 2010 Seattle Livestrong Challenge on sunday, the 20th of June, 2010. (Pretend this is engraved.)

    sign up here:

    Just click the Join our Team link

    P.S. There might be three other teams in Philly, San Jose, and Austin that would take you on, as well, but they are not as cool. Very cool, just not as cool.

  16. Comment by FF | 02.23.2010 | 12:12 pm

    Anything for you Fatty. Be strong Dallas.

  17. Comment by Luke Siebert | 02.23.2010 | 12:13 pm

    Longtime reader, first time commenter. This post struck a chord with me, as my father was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease several years ago, and lung cancer about a year later, which postponed his transplant from his twin sister by 3 years. He now is living a healthy life with that donated kidney. However, pkd is genetic and the specter of it hangs over my head every day, although I have decided not to betested for it. Despite my poverty, expect my donation.

    One question- how tall are you? I’m 6 feet, will the bikes fit?

  18. Comment by Minh Nguyen | 02.23.2010 | 12:27 pm

    just made a small donation, i wish i could’ve given more but times are hard right now. I can honestly care less for the bikes since they don’t fit me (not to say I wont take it if i win… lol). But i do believe in karma… sorta… and good karma is the way to go! Dallas seems like an awesome “kid” and no “kid” deserves to have health issues. =)

  19. Comment by kealoha | 02.23.2010 | 12:36 pm

    Another drop in the bucket from this lurker- good luck, and many hugs to you, Dallas & Kellene from the left coast…

  20. Comment by Paige | 02.23.2010 | 12:38 pm

    Fatty – I teared up to see you donate your Radioshack bike. If I win, I don’t want the bike. I want you to keep them.

  21. Comment by hillbilly | 02.23.2010 | 12:44 pm

    good luck Dallas, and nice work fatty

  22. Comment by Mikael | 02.23.2010 | 12:45 pm

    As a student I don’t have much to give, but I believe something is better than nothing. Also being the same age as Dallas, there is so much more to see, things to achieve that nothing should stand your way! All the best wishes from Finland to you! Let’s make tomorrow a better day :)

  23. Comment by James Maloney | 02.23.2010 | 1:00 pm

    Hey there,
    Just read the story about your relative and couldn’t help but be moved.
    Hope he pulls through OK. Here’s $10 from a cyclist in Liverpool, UK.
    Works out about £6.66 English money, so just hope in some way that it brings you guys some luck.
    James Maloney

  24. Comment by Katie | 02.23.2010 | 1:02 pm

    My younder sister died from chronic renal failure when she was 7 years old; she’d be about Dallas’ age now. I Don’t have much to donate, but I’m sending it your way.. I’m just sad I can’t give more!

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  26. Comment by J A Y | 02.23.2010 | 1:08 pm

    Lots of little bricks built the great wall of China, I added just a few bricks ($$) for Dallas. Best wishes!

  27. Comment by Frankenhip | 02.23.2010 | 1:17 pm

    Done. Keep the bikes. Best to your family.

  28. Comment by Doug D | 02.23.2010 | 1:18 pm

    Can you take Venmo payments??

  29. Comment by Wolfgang | 02.23.2010 | 1:21 pm

    Fatty, you’re a great guy, and I respect how much you’ve done, and are doing. I also respect Johan Bruyneel and have followed you guys for awhile. My heart goes out to you and your causes, and you are an example to all of us, thank you!

  30. Comment by Moir | 02.23.2010 | 1:35 pm

    Be careful, Lemond might sue you for calling his bike “heavy as lead”…

    Good luck!

  31. Comment by Janneke | 02.23.2010 | 1:40 pm

    Done. Please don’t ship a bike this way. Draw someone else…

  32. Comment by Allan Nicholls | 02.23.2010 | 1:42 pm

    Fatty … you are a good man .. Dallas reminds me of my son, Austin. How could I not help out. All the best….. Allan

  33. Comment by Ben | 02.23.2010 | 1:46 pm

    Great cause Fatty and best of luck. I hope, however, that everyone who donates is also busy writing to their congressmen and women and telling them to support healthcare reform. I’ve lived and used the healthcare systems in the UK (2 years), France (3 years), Switzerland (4 years), and Australia (10 years) and the US is the ONLY advanced nation on earth where citizens go bankrupt because of healthcare costs. It is frankly INSANE that it is even possible. Donate to Fatty’s great cause but also do something to help everyone who doesn’t have a great friend with some awesome bikes to give away!

  34. Comment by GenghisKhan | 02.23.2010 | 1:51 pm

    Good luck–can’t imagine you’ll have a problem raising the funds. What are you doing with the extra that you raise beyond the current need?

  35. Comment by Jess Otzen | 02.23.2010 | 1:53 pm

    Fatty pls find several clicks from Denmark. You are a great man and I have followed you and suggest other to follow. Good luck.

  36. Comment by Chris Stoner | 02.23.2010 | 2:06 pm

    Fatty, tell your sister to talk to the social workers. Medicare covers kidney disease and should help substantially with the medical bills.

    If they aren’t in contact with a good transplant center that should be priority one.

    I’ve had 3 kidney transplants so I know a little bit about it.

  37. Comment by Katiek | 02.23.2010 | 2:07 pm

    Done, and I hope I win the Trek bike, so that I can tell you to keep it and enjoy it yourself. You’re a good man, Fatty!

  38. Comment by John M | 02.23.2010 | 2:13 pm

    made a small donation…you are an inspiration fatty!

  39. Comment by Tina Z | 02.23.2010 | 2:15 pm

    Donated and agree with Ben above. If you donate or just think it sucks that Fatty’s sister has to go into debt to save her son’s health and life, please take the time to contact your Congresspeople and urge them to pass health care reform NOW. There are thousands of people like Fatty and her making this awful choice every day.

  40. Comment by Chris | 02.23.2010 | 2:22 pm

    Hey Fatty, when I win the Madone you can keep it. I’d be happy with a jersey.

  41. Comment by Philly Jen | 02.23.2010 | 2:32 pm

    Oh, Kellene, big hug for you!!!

    And done — hope it helps.

    @ Mike Russell: Clydesteve is right, Seattle is cool, but Philly is HOT! Of course, you’re welcome to join in any city with all the Fatties, but Philly’s the only place where you can participate in both a century ride and also a 10K run.

    You know what they say: Go Fat or Go Home!

  42. Comment by Stephanie | 02.23.2010 | 2:32 pm

    Now I see why you are such a good man. You come from a really good family! Donation is done! My dad died from complications from diabetes. I used to take him to his dialysis appointments. My prayers will include your nephew and your sis! Hang tough Dallas! Your uncle is a crazy, fund raising, machine!

  43. Comment by A Troll Wants to Know What Happened to This Blog | 02.23.2010 | 2:47 pm

    Gimme a break.

    The U.S. also happens to be a nation without debtor’s prisons and a bankruptcy code that allows a fresh start. If you need to consume health care, why shouldn’t you be required to pay everything you have for it. The advances and training developed to save, or improve, your life did not come freely. Besides, this example is hardly life threatening. People can live on dialysis a long, long time.

    We are also a country with free markets; catastrophic multimillion dollar health insurance exists that would have covered this procedure. That was easily purchased by the family long ago and at very reasonable cost. Instead, we are now a nanny state and a country of people who don’t care for themselves nor keep their word – Johan was pretty clear about the terms of accepting the Madone.

    It’s also bad form to use Lance’s image to push this.

    P.S. all donations are taxable Fatty. Man this country sucks, or what?

    WHTTB, I really don’t think you understand what’s going on here. Maybe I can a clear a couple things up.

    1. I don’t disagree that people should try to pay for what they receive, including health care. However, health care is an odd case in that you often don’t find out how much the product costs until after you have received the product. Or sometimes the cost is prohibitive, but you’re not willing to accept the alternative (i.e., death). Kellene and her family have in fact paid everything they can, and continue to pay off the FIRST kidney transplant. This time, however, the patient portion of the care greatly exceeds their means and their ability to ever pay it off. Rather than watch her go into bankruptcy — which isn’t good for anyone — I’m trying to help my sister come up with the portion of the care that is not covered by insurance. People who like what I’m doing can pitch in.

    2. Johan was clear about the terms of accepting the Madone. So before I offered this contest, I contacted Johan and asked him to change the terms. He happily agreed to and is even promoting this contest on his Twitter account (

    3. I have never made a donation because of its taxability or lack thereof. I don’t think most people contribute that way. If that’s your metric of worthiness, you may want to start hunting for a better yardstick.

    4. It’s only been recently that Kellene has been able to get health insurance at all, thanks to a bout with skin cancer earlier in life. Do you suppose that she would have been able to get catastrophic multimillion dollar health insurance? Or is it possible that you didn’t have all the facts and are?

    5. I really don’t have any idea what you mean about this country sucking. I think you’re trying to launch a political point, but politics has nothing to do with this.

    6. When it comes right down to it, you are a troll. Hence, I have adjusted your name in this comment.

    - FC

  44. Comment by broompatrol | 02.23.2010 | 2:49 pm

    Donation sent happy to help!

  45. Comment by Madcityspecv | 02.23.2010 | 2:54 pm

    this calls for more love to flow… as soon as the wife agrees, there will be a substantial donation from our tax return. my car can wait to be repainted another year. The US health care system is F@#$ed, and everyone needs a helping hand at some point. i happen to believe that life is better when you help those who need it. pay it foreward, etc…

  46. Comment by Adventure Monkey | 02.23.2010 | 2:59 pm

    I don’t care if the bike fits me or not, I’m riding a Team Fatty bike! (if I win that is). I hope much money is raised and Dallas continues living the American Dream!

  47. Comment by Moir | 02.23.2010 | 3:00 pm

    Re: What happened to this blog.

    You’re an idiot. If you don’t like it, don’t donate. If you don’t like the direction of this blog, how about you stop reading it.

    Get a life. I feel sad for you.

  48. Comment by Ben | 02.23.2010 | 3:07 pm

    @What Happened to This Blog

    You ramble a bit mate, so it is hard to tell what you’re talking about. But let’s break down your points one by one.

    1. The U.S. also happens to be a nation without debtor’s prisons and a bankruptcy code that allows a fresh start.

    Uh, yeah. Along with the majority of countries worldwide.

    2. If you need to consume health care, why shouldn’t you be required to pay everything you have for it.

    Because for many, many people “everything” they have still isn’t enough. Have you looked at the cost of cancer treatment lately?

    3. The advances and training developed to save, or improve, your life did not come freely. Besides, this example is hardly life threatening. People can live on dialysis a long, long time.

    Hang on, you think he should live on dialysis? WTF?

    4. We are also a country with free markets; catastrophic multimillion dollar health insurance exists that would have covered this procedure. That was easily purchased by the family long ago and at very reasonable cost.

    “Sir, due to your preexisting condition, we are not able to offer you health insurance at this time. Goodbye.”

    5. Instead, we are now a nanny state and a country of people who don’t care for themselves nor keep their word – Johan was pretty clear about the terms of accepting the Madone.

    Okay, this is where you start to sound really crazy. You seem to be saying that: a. this is all the poor kid’s fault and b. that Fatty is a liar. I don’t even think this s*** is worth responding to.

  49. Comment by Peter in MD | 02.23.2010 | 3:19 pm

    I’m in for 30.. best wishes

  50. Comment by brian | 02.23.2010 | 3:25 pm

    What Happened to This Blog

    Wow! Congratulations on making the most persuasive argument possible for health reform. Anyone who reads your mindless, poorly articulated, mean-spirited rant will be convinced that they are for anything that you are opposed to.

  51. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 02.23.2010 | 3:30 pm

    I’m in. All my best wishes for Dallas to be healthy and Kellene and Rocky and the whole FC family to be happy!

  52. Comment by Paulscarlett | 02.23.2010 | 3:34 pm

    @What Happened to This Blog
    Seriously dude you need to go to the room of mirrors and have good hard look at yourself. So many of us on this site are struggling supporting loved ones or ourselves with medical issues and $$$ is one of the biggest problems. I hope you never have to be told, “sorry you are not covered” for your children or loved ones. Perhaps you have a nice fat bank roll, good for you, not everyone is in the same situation. This is Fatty’s site, and he can push whatever case he sees fit if you don’t like it shut up and leave
    Fatty, all the best (again) for you and your family, you have a massive heart and I think you use this blog very well to push worhwhile causes
    Dallas – FLS !!!
    ‘nough said!

  53. Comment by Asthmagirl | 02.23.2010 | 3:56 pm

    @ What happened to this blog

    I read with interest your commentary on our health system. I guess the only response I can make is that I’m glad you’re in a position to make such a sweeping statement.

    We’re inbetween the third and fourth surgeries on our autistic daughter’s jaw. She didn’t see the truck that hit her last fall and was struck in the face by the mirror. It wasn’t the driver’s fault.
    We’re so grateful she’s alive, we don’t care about the cost of putting her back together. After our insurance we figure we’ll be out of pocket $20K. That’s what home equity loans are for I guess.

    If Fatty has a solution that works for his family, who are you or I to second guess it.

    Fatty, wishing the best to Kellene and your young nephew. What a lovely gesture putting your bikes up for raffle.

  54. Comment by KevinE | 02.23.2010 | 4:00 pm

    What happened to this blog:
    Yes, health care is expensive because of the technology and training involved. And? What is your problem with having someone help another in raising money to pay for it? A gift is just that, a gift. Once given the giftee can do with it what they please. So please, think about what you type before you type it because your first post was in need of some polishing so it doesn’t sound like such jackassery.

  55. Comment by NYCCarlos | 02.23.2010 | 4:07 pm


    Thanks. :) His rant sounded like a bad youtube comment.

  56. Comment by Jane in KC | 02.23.2010 | 4:14 pm

    Dear Fatty and Family
    I’m donating to pay forward a gift my younger brother received 8 years ago. He suffered with kidney disease for 6 years (diagonsed at age 26) before receiving his new kidney and so far has been doing great. My thoughts and prayers are with your sister and Dallas. Hang in there Fatty – you’re fighting the good fight!

  57. Comment by Bill | 02.23.2010 | 4:15 pm

    Fatty, you are a person who gives, and this is just one more example. Seems like the best we can do is to do what we can where we can how we can, to stand together and face life. Thanks for keeping that alive.

  58. Comment by Peter Westerholm | 02.23.2010 | 4:24 pm

    Let me be the first to tell you that the Fillmore is a sweet bike. I have one with the carbon fork and it really is not heavy at all. Lemond bikes rock and the steel rides like a dream. Fatty your an amazing person and I can never resist making a donation when you ask.
    I just paypal’ed (is that even a word) a generous amount
    and I hope and pray for Dallas, Rocky and Kellene.

  59. Comment by GJ Jackie | 02.23.2010 | 4:33 pm

    Fatty, you are a good, good man. Extraordinary hardships call for extraordinary measures.

    Kellene, when I met you in the Tabagauche parking lot I could tell you were one strong woman with a great heart. It looks like Dallas takes after his mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Rocky and Dallas. I hope you can worry a little less now and take in all the Team Fatty love coming your way.

  60. Comment by skippy | 02.23.2010 | 5:02 pm

    an open letter to the author of
    “What happened to this blog”
    from the “Skippy fan club”

    “Get a life”, you are hiding behind a pseudenom but you could take your foot out of your mouth before or after you reread the “Blog”, because it states that “fatty” asked for approval!
    the only catostrophy around here is your comment!
    go to @AUSOlympicTeam and complain about the lass auctioning her Luge suit to give proceeds to the Georgian family!
    Guaranteed you will be just as unwelcome there!

  61. Comment by Chris | 02.23.2010 | 5:08 pm

    @What Happened to This Blog

    If you don’t like the song, change the station.

    By raising money they are attempting to pay what their insurance doesn’t cover. Who cares how they do it? No one is required to donate, most of us are doing it because we care about helping somebody out.

  62. Comment by Jodi | 02.23.2010 | 5:10 pm

    Ben, I think I love you.

    There, I said it.

  63. Comment by Dallas | 02.23.2010 | 5:19 pm

    Just want to thank all of you for your generosity, help, and kindness..its appreciated more than you could possibly imagine. You all call him Fatty ill address him as my uncle! Elden, thankyou so much for posting this and for the help you are to our family.. To all of you that have medical/health issues and also to those who dont, God Bless and again, Thankyou


    Thanks for the note, Dallas. Well put. Stay tough. – FC

  64. Comment by Slowtrain | 02.23.2010 | 5:28 pm

    Fatty, As someone who also lost a young wife to cancer, I was so grateful to find your blog last summer and have been a regular reader and donor as well as infrequent commenter ever since. I share your passion for finding a cure for cancer and am also passionate about kidney transplantation… which works out well, since as a transplant surgeon that happens to be my job! I am surprised at the amount of anticipated out of pocket expenses for Dallas but I obviously don’t know any of the details. Chris Stoner (2:06pm) made some excellent suggestions that I agree with. There is also a National Living Donor Assistance Center that the transplant program can apply to for Dallas. I will send you an e-mail with my contact information. It would be my pleasure to answer questions and assist in any way possible– you’ve done so much for others that I would relish the opportunity to help you and your family out in some way.

    Of course, I will also send along a donation but if I win you should keep your bikes. Giving me that Madone at my riding level would be like giving a Ferrari to a 16-year-old.

    Also, I have to agree with Philly Jen: Team Philly Rules!


  65. Comment by AngieG | 02.23.2010 | 5:42 pm

    Kellene- you are an amazing woman and I have no doubt Dallas is just as amazing. I wish I could give you more. Keep the faith and all will work out.

    FC- Check your Livestrong SJ page, debt paid in full!! Sorry I have been awol, things are quite hectic at work right now. I am just getting caught up on the posts.

    @Mike Russell- come to San Jose. Philly may be hot,but San Jose is Smokin’!!!!

    @What Happened to this Blog- I hope you develop some compassion and generosity as you mature. God help you if you ever have to watch helplessly as your child fights for their life. Because that is exactly what Dallas is doing. People can not live on dialysis indefinitely. There is a point when that runs out too. How cruel and small of you to diminish Fatty’s attempt to support his sister and give something back to a family that has given so much to him. If you don’t like it here, don’t let the door hit you in the A$$ on the way out!!

    @Ben-Very classy response!

  66. Comment by A Troll Wants to Know What Happened to This Blog | 02.23.2010 | 5:43 pm

    I stand by my comment that this is pathetic. Begging for people to give money. Auctioning off a bike that was explicitly not to be auctioned off. I would have been fine and silent with this stupidity, but other commenters chimed in with the standard “system’s broke” lunacy.

    I’m a surgeon; I ride a bike. If you want my hands to help, they almost always will. Many of us do lots for free for the indigent. Many of us sacrifice significantly our time when something bad happens to others.

    And I’ve paid a ton to get good at what I do.

    Software should be free, there is no reason Elden should be able to earn a living Product Managing software. This is America, the best country in the world and we still need to pay for software?

    It is not heartless to say people should pay for themselves when they suffer injury or ailment. Even so, if you don’t have enough to pay, you will still get world class treatment for all that you have left to pay. Fatty’s family is one of means, they can pay. Why shouldn’t they? Is health care different than any other good? I guess y’all think so.

    IMO, that’s the way it should work, the alternative lowers overall care tomorrow by trying to equalize access today. Life is hard.

    You health is not free. Neither is mine. If it is ever free, that’s when your health will surly suffer.

    Now on with the bake sale. I’ll never post again, under any name.

    So long, Troll! – FC

  67. Comment by AngieG | 02.23.2010 | 5:49 pm

    @What Happened to this Blog- Lots of things should be free that aren’t. It’s called capitalism! Its a shame you have become so jaded by your professional experience.

    Hasta La Vista Baby!

  68. Comment by Philly Jen | 02.23.2010 | 6:12 pm

    @WHTTB: Elden and his family have the grace and courage to stand up and put it out there for the whole world to see. You don’t even have the wherewithal to sign your name.

    Remind me again, because I’m a bit slow on the uptake (not being a surgeon and all):
    Who is the pathetic one here?

  69. Comment by lara | 02.23.2010 | 6:18 pm

    dallas, don’t know you, but i just love your mom…elden is right. she is a saint. but you are all cut from the same cloth so you must be a saint too!

    prayers going out to you! and way to go, elden for fighting, yet again.

  70. Comment by Marilyn | 02.23.2010 | 6:28 pm

    I hope you hold up to your word “what happened to this blog” and never comment again. It will sure help mine and others blood pressure that is just fuming from your comments. It is just so hard to believe people can be so heartless. I will bake cookies and do what ever I can do to help people out in need. I had a child that passed away with medical problems and with health insurance it was not enough and people were so kind to give a helping hand so mine is out to help when and wherever I can.

  71. Comment by Joel P. | 02.23.2010 | 6:29 pm

    Thanks Ben your comments to WHTTB were well thought out and on point. Saves me from making an angry ass out of my self by ranting. Fatty, my thoughts and prayers to Kellene and her family. Donation will be coming shortly. Keep your bikes, send me some Brat’s.
    Joel P.

  72. Comment by Aunt B | 02.23.2010 | 6:56 pm

    “I’ll never post again, under any name.”

    Two comments too late!

    I guess the best revenge is that when you wake up tomorrow morning, you still have to be YOU. Hey, enjoy THAT!

    Dallas – the thank you to your uncle Elden….is so like you. It is so nice to be able to do something…….anything for the Nelsens/Mortensens. Kellene is easily the most amazing woman/friend I know. I think the world of you all.

    Thank you for the opportunity to do my little bit!

  73. Comment by kentucky joe | 02.23.2010 | 7:04 pm

    @WHTTB: sounds like some surgeon is seeing medicare/medicaid payments going down while malpractice premiums rise…poor thing…can’t you afford that new Porsche this year? Here’s hoping you get hit with a huge lawsuit you uncaring, uninformed, classless example of someone completely out of touch with humanity. Medicine would be better off without the likes of you, “skilled or not”, you skills in being human need some work.

  74. Comment by Frank | 02.23.2010 | 7:14 pm

    Hi Fatty,

    I did my little part for easing your sisters burden. And don’t you dare send me any bikes!

    Take care.

  75. Comment by Dayna | 02.23.2010 | 7:27 pm

    Hi Fatty,
    To be honest, I’ve never really followed your blog. My sister, an avid cyclist and triathelete, is a huge fan and for some reason today while thinking of her, I decided to stop by. I was inspired by this post.
    I am also 22. I can’t imagine the hardships your nephew is going through and I can’t imagine watching my parents struggling financially to keep me alive. Luckily, as a Canadian, if I do ever face major health problems, the costs my family would largely be emotional. Still, I am touched by this story and wish you and your family all the best.
    I lost my 45-year old aunt in August to an extremely rare and aggressive form of breast cancer after 5 months of bravely fighting. Dealing with an illness in the family can be devastating, but if I learned anything at all from my aunt’s spunk, it is that family, love, and a lot of humor can go a long way. From what I’ve learned about you from my sister, I imagine that your family approaches difficult times with the same positive philosophy my aunt did.
    I’m just a poor law student, but I donated $10. I’ll continue to stop by the odd time so that I can hear of how Dallas is making a speedy recovery.
    Oh- and being the unathletic one in the family, if I do happen to win a bike please keep it and use it to do more fundraising to find a cure for cancer!

  76. Comment by Haven (KT) | 02.23.2010 | 7:31 pm

    Johan posted on his FB page about your plight and gave his blessing to raffle off the bike. Pretty cool.

    Troll: “If you want my hands to help, they almost always will”?? What, if I have enough money? Sayonara, jerk. Grow some compassion, eh?

    Fatty: I enjoyed your response to the Troll, and I enjoyed my fellow teammates’ responses as well.

    You’re a great guy, and I appreciate what you are trying to do to help your family– as well as all the work you do to help others. I’ll try to donate a bit, things being what they are.

    Dallas: keep your chin up! You’ve got Fatty’s Army on your side!

  77. Comment by Jeff | 02.23.2010 | 7:55 pm

    @WHTTB I was going to remain silent on the topic since so many others pointed out the flaws in your logic so eloquently. But then you had to open your pie hole one more time and truly prove that intelligence and wisdom do not necessarily go hand in hand.

    You’re a surgeon. Great, congratulations, I am thrilled for you. I’m a software developer. Woop te do. I do not expect you to “give away” everything that you do for free any more than I expect to work for free or for Elden to. However, to donate his bikes, and allow others to donate out of their own pockets to help his nephew, is the kind of kindness that you will never be capable of. And because I am not the kind of person that you are, I sincerely hope you never need it. I would love to live in a world where none of us needs it, but as long as we live in a country where insurance company CEO’s make 8 or 9 figures while hardworking honest families struggle to pay for the necessities of life, we will need to be kind to each other.

    So go gas up the Hummer and head to the golf course where you won’t see the results of the kind of thinking you are guilty of. I’ll be donating to help Dallas. Because I care.

    And Fatty, if I win. You keep the bike. Way to small for this true Clyde.

  78. Comment by Seattlegirlz | 02.23.2010 | 7:56 pm

    Go Fatty!

    There’s no way that troll’s a surgeon. A poser maybe, but definitely not a surgeon. He’s giving them all a bad name. I hate to even comment because I’m sure that was the intent of his ridiculous post. Just plain sad, weird, and pathetic.

    Donation’s on the way. Win Dallas!

    Hey, please remind everyone to sign up for organ donation. There’s a lot of healthy peeps on this site and if you happen to not be needing your vital organs anymore (like you’re dead), please think of how they might be used for good after you’re gone. You can even stipulate, “Do not transplant to a-holes like the surgeon on this blog”.

  79. Comment by Scott in MN | 02.23.2010 | 7:56 pm

    There are 2 things I know for certain:

    (1) The Troll is definitely not a surgeon.

    (2) Fatty is generous and has the heart of a surgeon.

    Keep up the good work Fatty!

  80. Comment by Seattlegirlz | 02.23.2010 | 7:58 pm

    Oh yea… I forgot, E don’t want your crappy bikes :) Keep em, ride em, then give them to a friend to rope into our crazy obsessive bike world. Like crack.

  81. Comment by Carla | 02.23.2010 | 8:04 pm

    Saw on twitter what you were doing. As a mother, my heart goes out to your sister. You are a very kind person to give up the Radio Shack bike (boy I would have to really think about that one if it were me – not). Of course you will raise – if not double – what they need to cover the medical bills. My family is in (but I’m not sure I would say keep the bike – I would just want to touch it and then I would send it back!)

  82. Comment by marishka | 02.23.2010 | 8:23 pm

    “Software should be free, there is no reason Elden should be able to earn a living Product Managing software. This is America, the best country in the world and we still need to pay for software?”

    So, Troll, what you could just as well be saying is: This is America, the best country in the world, and we still need to pay for health care?

    Or is that just for those “lesser” countries, like Canada and Great Britain?

  83. Comment by Alyson | 02.23.2010 | 8:38 pm

    Am so upset about Dallas, and so #$%^& angry at the TROLL!! WTF is his problem!!!

    1) Troll: Please get a pair of balls, and POST your name, so that I can make DAMN sure NEVER to use your “hands”! Even if you are the last and only surgeon in the world!!!!

    2) We lost a son @23yrs of age to brain cancer…after a brain tumor 5 yrs earlier. We sold our home, after the initial brain tumor, chemo & radiation…we had no choice, even with great medical insurance. We have been paying off the treatment for the brain cancer, and chemo and everything else that came with it since. Plus medical insurance doesn’t pay for experimental treatments AND as Fatty pointed out, once you have the cancer mark against you, it is very difficult to get medical insurance.

    3) Fatty: please keep the bikes!:-) An IronFatty jersey or t-shirt would be more than enough.:-)

    4) Dallas: It sounds like you have been though a lot already, with a tough road ahead. But you came from a family of of amazing people, who are no strangers to the fight for life. Hang in there, and we will be sending you postive thoughts and wishes! Please post your updates too, so we know what is happening with you and can celebrate your good health!

  84. Comment by Dr. Randal Mandos | 02.23.2010 | 8:39 pm

    @anonymous troll: I’m so full of anger I feel raped…in the face!

  85. Comment by Born 4Lycra | 02.23.2010 | 8:39 pm

    I think I just lost my job as “Official Responder to Troll Comments” it’s pretty hard to come up with something amusing in response to total crap like that. @Ben (and others) nicely done maties.
    Donations by the end of the week.

  86. Comment by BamaJim | 02.23.2010 | 9:22 pm

    Fatty – you’ve chosen to use the platform you’ve been given to help people, which is great. No one is forced to give, and there are still plenty of fun items. My prayer is this works out well for Dallas and all of your family.

    Made a small donation, but there is no way I could take the Madone. You could probably talk me into one of the other two bikes though ;-) .

  87. Comment by Sasha | 02.23.2010 | 9:38 pm

    Fatty, I’m going to donate and make you a deal – if by some miracle of I’m not sure what, I would win one of those bikes, I don’t want them. I don’t need a prize and if someone wins the Madone and doesn’t let you keep it, I will personally have words with them. ;-)

    You are an awesome dude and your sister is one awesome chick. And her son is, well, he’s really doggone cute, but even if he looked like an ogre, I would still donate because he is Fatty’s nephew and your very cool sister’s son. And he is very, very cute (feeling rather cougarish). Anyway, I hope you can raise the funds needed so they don’t have to worry about anything.

    I’m glad to help. It’s not much, but I still owe you $25 for your Livestrong account too. I am going to go broke making donations to all my charities. :) Take care and huge hugs to your sister! And I’m sending many, many healing prayers Dallas’ way.

    PS However, I might take some autographed Fatty swag to help with my Livestrong Austin fundraising… :) Maybe we can work out a deal? And again, I have to add that would be IF I won something. Which, I never win anything so don’t worry. :)

  88. Comment by Slowtrain | 02.23.2010 | 9:43 pm

    @Seattlegirlz: Well said about the importance of organ donation and signing an organ donor card. The need is absolutely critical. There are over 105,000 patients in the US on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant; of these, almost 85,000 are waiting for a kidney. The annual mortality of a patient on dialysis is about 6-10% per year. Do the math and it is obvious that dialysis is not a good long-term solution and is a poor substitute for a functioning kidney.

    @Troll: From one surgeon to another (if you really are one, that is): I certainly hope you are better with your hands than you are with your heart and mind.

    @Dallas: Hang tough. You’ve got all of Team Fatty behind you.

  89. Comment by Sasha | 02.23.2010 | 9:47 pm


    $25 in the Get Dallas a Kidney Fund. :)

    Please give us an update on how much is raised and keep us posted on how Dallas and your sister’s family is doing. :) Thanks!

  90. Comment by kellene | 02.23.2010 | 9:56 pm

    Thank you…It is overwhelming to me and to our family how kind and generous others can be. The messages of hope, love and concern to Dallas today mean the most. This has been an enormous emotional struggle. We thought we were over all this kidney talk for at least another 10 yrs or so. He, no fault of his own, has gone into rejection of the kidney his father so freely gave him. Devestated, but not defeated.
    This post today was such a kind gesture by my brother to offer support to us and give others the opportunity to donate if they wished. Never any pressure from our family or guilt would come your way from us if you chose not to. The other thing we thought would come of this is awareness about organ donation and how important it is to be one!
    I appreciate the concerns expressed to. I want to,I know I don’t need to, explain.

    First, we are not begging. Just putting it out there to let others participate if they would like. So many have asked how they could help…so here it is.
    I agree people should pay for themselves…or at least try for independance. Unfortunately for many of us we can’t do everything alone. Dallas could no way pay for all of this at 22 yrs. old. He is just out of school and just starting a business. His option would be bankruptcy. We really don’t want to consider that because we feel the good medical help he is receiving deserves to be paid for.
    I do know about Medicare…he has to be on dialysis for 60 days first.
    We are also with a large transplant team in NYC… NY Pres. at Cornell.
    Unfortunately everyone he has seen in the hospital was not identified by me as a provider or a not in net work provider first. Insurance only pays 55% if not in net work. Too bad you don’t always know what you are buying when you are being treated for emergency dialysis in the Emergency Room.
    I know no one asked for a breakdown, but consider this: 5 ER visits for IV steroid therapy …Dr’s orders..
    20 days in the hospital for inpatient chemo therapy,
    10 Plasma replacement rounds,Hemo dialysis, perma caths placed in the neck and then in the chest, 2 kidney biopsies, Peritoneal dialysis…it goes on and on and so do the costs associated. This was just the last 7 weeks.Don’t forget that insurance policies also place caps or limits on certain high dollar procedures and have large yearly deductibles. We are doing our best. There is only so much house equity that can be drawn on and it has been going on for 8 years.
    So…thanks to the many of you that don’t know us, but do something because you want to contribute.
    And as for the photo with me and Lance Armstrong…I went with my brother representing Team Fatty to Austin to ride in the LiveStrong challenge fundraiser and to listen to him speak. He was one of their top fundraisers last year…just doing his part…a big part!

  91. Comment by Tina Z | 02.23.2010 | 9:56 pm

    Man, I rechecked the comments section and what a storm! What I don’t understand is this: the post isn’t political in nature (sorry for bringing it up in my earlier comment) so the troll felt compelled to rant against what I see as community action. Who does that?? Political ideologues looking for a fight, that’s who. Don’t give it to them.

  92. Comment by Jenni Laurita | 02.23.2010 | 10:14 pm

    Fatty, Kellene, DALLAS,
    Love and good vibes coming your way.

    I’ll make a donation too.

    Would there be any use in coming down to donate platelets for Dallas? I’m a short drive away.

    Dallas, you have just entered the fold of Team Fatty. Snuggle in, it’s nice in here.

  93. Comment by LidsB2 | 02.23.2010 | 11:06 pm

    1. Go Dallas!
    2. The best medical care in the world is in the USA.
    3. Yes, medical professionals deserve to be well paid.
    4. Medical reform is needed, but don’t break it in the process.
    5. It’s fantastic that so many wonderful people from all over the world are there to lend a hand to someone in need.
    6, Trolls suck.
    7. You’re a good man, Fatty.

  94. Comment by Dan O | 02.23.2010 | 11:26 pm

    @ anonymous troll…

    No way a surgeon or a cyclist – highly unlikely. And if true – man…wow.

    If the health care situation made sense in the U.S. – there would be no need for “bake sales” like this in the first place. No one is saying doctors should work free – that’s insane. What’s more insane is having people go bankrupt because they get sick – and have insurance – that’s insane.

    The cost of being seriously sick is out of range for most folks and will continue to climb, unless something changes with our current system. It’s just plain loopy.

  95. Comment by Jenn | 02.24.2010 | 12:46 am

    Can your family PLEASE catch a freaking BREAK?!!!? Dontation on its way, and don’t you dare think of sending me a bike. Seeing you offer up that Madone felt like somebody reaching in and punching me in the heart.

  96. Comment by Alex Moore | 02.24.2010 | 12:52 am

    Awesome to see the position you took on donating your own bikes!! I was inspired by the videos of your TRS ride and just HAD to donate for this. If only I had your skills for the charity bike ride I help out with in Washington State!!

  97. Comment by mtnboy | 02.24.2010 | 12:57 am

    To Fatty, Kellene and Dallas

    Know that you’re in my prayers today and when i receive my paycheck there be some $$$$ coming your way!

    To WHTTB go grow a heart and get a sense of Humanity by coming out to Africa and visiting Zimbabwe and seeing how they respond to those in need despite the many trials they suffer on a daily basis.

  98. Comment by Mom of Fatty | 02.24.2010 | 1:11 am

    Being a mom is an amazing blessing and joy which also brings with it many tears. Then there are grandchildren you just love to pieces. My children are remarkable, as are yours, and to see the love you all send out to them increases my faith in the people of the world. How does a mother/grandmother thank such a group as you are for giving of your love? of your money? of your compassion.
    So like you, Dallas, to be sensitive to those who surround you with their love. Add mine to theirs.

  99. Comment by DrBryce | 02.24.2010 | 1:20 am

    @Troll: Get a life and Get outta here!
    Why don’t you go count all the titanium parts on your custom $12,000 road bike, figure a more expensive way to save a few grams and lose yourself in luxury.

    What a shame you didn’t choose to be a Surgeon for your love of Humanity and a desire to serve others in their time of need. I’ll wager a bet you’re one of those stressed-out “Docs” on anti-depressant meds, contemplating cashing in on your disability policy due to the stress from diminishing reimbursements due to your insurance contracts. If you’ve got a problem with the “disease-care” system currently in place in the US Insurance company driven system, take your complaints elsewhere. They are not welcome here. This is not the forum for your complaints.

    Are you just a bit jealous of the Radio Shack weekend and the Fatty bike gift he received? Is that the reason for such ire? It’s Fatty’s bike, let he and Johan do with it what they please!

    You couldn’t possibly be jealous……You’re a Surgeon :)))

    Do humanity a favor and get out of patient-care. What a Dipweed! Do us all a favor, get out of here.

  100. Comment by eandjmum | 02.24.2010 | 2:34 am

    Some $$ coming your way Dallas – good luck with it all – from Christchurch, NZ. If you are ever out our way you’re most welcome to come and stay!!!

    Fatty – if I win you keep the bike – Trek Madone that is!

    Kellene – you are one amazing mother and sister – you go girl!

  101. Comment by buckythedonkey | 02.24.2010 | 2:43 am

    Good luck and get well, Dallas! My daughters have pronounced you more handsome than the bloke from Twilight (until yesterday, this was thought to be impossible).

  102. Comment by Richard | 02.24.2010 | 4:20 am

    Just happy to help. Good thing the AUD is up v the USD at the moment.

    If the fixed gear looks like being mine I’ll consider paying the shipping, but you can keep the other two in the US of A.

    Dallas – goodluck, mate from all of us down under.

    To the Troll up thread – time and place, Noddy, time and place. If I was Fatty you would have been deleted and banned whatever my thoughts on the health system in the US of A.

  103. Comment by Ben | 02.24.2010 | 6:10 am

    @A Troll Wants to Know What Happened to This Blog

    Again, you ramble so much that it is hard to work out what the hell you’re trying to argue but, as above, let’s have another go at breaking down the arguments (or lack thereof).

    1. I stand by my comment that this is pathetic. Begging for people to give money.

    Pathetic to try and help your friends? Guess it works differently in Troll-land.

    2. Auctioning off a bike that was explicitly not to be auctioned off.

    As Fatty pointed out, Johan has fully endorsed this.

    3. I would have been fine and silent with this stupidity, but other commenters chimed in with the standard “system’s broke” lunacy.

    I don’t know when you start defining something as broken but a system that forces people into bankruptcy trying to get the healthcare they need seems pretty broken to me.

    4. I’m a surgeon; I ride a bike. If you want my hands to help, they almost always will. Many of us do lots for free for the indigent. Many of us sacrifice significantly our time when something bad happens to others. And I’ve paid a ton to get good at what I do.

    Good for you.

    5. Software should be free, there is no reason Elden should be able to earn a living Product Managing software. This is America, the best country in the world and we still need to pay for software?

    Why is software different from any other good? This really makes no sense at all. Do you also think that books should be free? What about music? And films?

    7. It is not heartless to say people should pay for themselves when they suffer injury or ailment.

    Depends on how you define heartless, I guess. What if they can’t pay? Do sick trolls get left on the street?

    8. Even so, if you don’t have enough to pay, you will still get world class treatment for all that you have left to pay.

    This sentence is so mixed up, it is hard to work out what you mean. Do you mean that you’ll get world class treatment until you run out of money? Great, I have one dollar. Do I get a world-class band-aid? And then what?

    9. Fatty’s family is one of means, they can pay. Why shouldn’t they?

    a. how the f*** would you know? And b. if you’d actually read the post above you’d realise that perhaps they can’t.

    10. Is health care different than any other good? I guess y’all think so.

    Yes. Because, unlike being able to afford a shiny new Serrota (or whatever it is you surgeons ride) not being able to afford healthcare has consequences. Like death. For example.

    11. IMO, that’s the way it should work, the alternative lowers overall care tomorrow by trying to equalize access today. Life is hard.

    This is bollocks. As I noted in my very first post, I’ve used the healthcare systems in France, the UK, Switzerland and Australia. And they work. And everyone gets the care they need. Maybe you should turn off Fox News and get out more.

    12. You health is not free. Neither is mine. If it is ever free, that’s when your health will surly suffer.

    If it is free, your health will suffer? As opposed to when you can’t afford it and… um. Listen to your own arguments mate! They make NO SENSE!

    13. Now on with the bake sale. I’ll never post again, under any name.


  104. Comment by Neil | 02.24.2010 | 6:15 am

    Hi Fattie,

    I just started to follow your blog after I saw the video clips on Team Radio Shack about your time with the team.
    I am truly amazed with your compassion, and your fund raising abilities, it is truly incredible considering what you’ve gone through.
    I’ve made a small donation, and I would have even done so without you offering up your bikes. (although a 54cm Trek would fit just right)
    Keep up the good work, I know that Dallas will get through this with you behind him.
    If you’re ever in the Toronto area in Canada, please post something so we can have a ride.

  105. Comment by Cardiac Kid | 02.24.2010 | 7:13 am

    Troll, Could you please list the name of the hospital and state where “your hands are willing to help”?

    As you can most likely tell from the name I need to keep track of where the hacks work so I can go somewhere else.


  106. Comment by Bryan | 02.24.2010 | 7:15 am

    I know this will be a great success Fatty!
    Hang in there Dallas, this is just another one of lifes challanges and it will be in your rear view mirror shortly!

  107. Comment by Brad | 02.24.2010 | 7:22 am

    Hey Fattie,
    I have never heard of you before (sorry) but am overwhelmed by your generosity and moved by your family’s story .
    Sending a few bucks from a Canadian in The Netherlands. If you ever head this way let’s ride!
    Best of luck in your fundraiser and all the best to Dallas.
    PS. If I win you can keep the bike(s). . . Although that Lemond boat anchor looks pretty sweet. . .

  108. Comment by Bob | 02.24.2010 | 7:27 am

    I’m in for $25. I am very lucky to have great health insurance through work/early retirement but it really is just luck.

    If I win the Madone I will be happy and the bike will be sad.


  109. Comment by Anne | 02.24.2010 | 7:34 am

    Hey Fatty,
    Posted this on my facebook to help raise funds. Already $45 is coming your way.

    Please give us an update on how much is raised :)

  110. Comment by Mark Kynaston | 02.24.2010 | 7:47 am


    Small donation on its way – and keep the bike should I win. To me you are just a man trying to make a difference through your blog. Whatever your personal views are on the US healthcare system you have kept them to yourself and not used your post to take any particular standpoint on this issue, unlike A Troll etc…. In your usual humble and self depricating way you made it just about wanting to help someone in great need, someone who was very clearly there for you and your family in your time of need. Nothing matters more to many people than family, A Troll etc… seemingly an obvious exception. No one has the right to decide what you should or should not do when it comes to helping your family except you and the family. If others reading your blog do not support your choice then they simply need not donate, why the Troll etc. felt the need to post such vitriol is beyond me. Who ever they are they have clearly had common humanity bypass surgery at some point – I wonder if they are still paying for it!

    Whether, as in this instance, it is for a family member in great need, or as on most occassions for the Livestrong organisation trying to fight cancer across the globe I belive you deserve our support. None of us making a contibution are doing so because you told us to, you simply asked. I ’speak’ for most I am sure, when I say we are doing it because believe in you and what you are doing and we want to help, for the remainder they may simply be in it to win a fantastic bike! In either case no one is giving you something for nothing! If A Troll etc… can’t see that simple truth it truly is his loss.

    All best wishes from the Kynastons to you and your family but especially so this time to Dallas & Kellene – good luck and stay strong


  111. Comment by Kyle | 02.24.2010 | 7:47 am

    Donation in.

    Win Dallas!

    If I win a bike i’ll re-auction for my livestrong austin effort.

  112. Comment by FormerAthena | 02.24.2010 | 8:10 am

    Having already gone through this with my father, and donating a kidney to him, I know what your family is going through. Since I am fresh out of extra kidneys to offer I am more than happy to donate to a great cause. All the best to your sister and her son, Dallas.

  113. Comment by Graydon | 02.24.2010 | 8:15 am

    I’m a big fan of reading your blog and it’s a great way to spend my breaks at work reading something funny/uplifting/satirical or whatever mood you’re in that day. I’ve received a few funny looks over the cube wall for laughing out loud at a few of your posts.

    Since I’m a young guy starting out in the real world I don’t have all that much to give, but for some reason I always end up donating to what you post. Could it be the bikes… yeah, but it feels good to help out. So thank you for the continued opportunities to do good by just pressing a few buttons.

    Good Luck in the Tri and good luck fitting into one of those tri half jerseys.

  114. Comment by Robert | 02.24.2010 | 8:36 am

    Stay strong Dallas! You, your uncle, and your mother are top notch!

    Here’s to you…

  115. Comment by Scott Martell | 02.24.2010 | 9:08 am

    Good luck and I hope it all works out. First time to the site.

  116. Comment by sllym | 02.24.2010 | 9:29 am

    Good Lord – can your family please get a break? I too can only do a small donation, but it’s on the way. Hang in there Family of Fatty.

  117. Comment by NYCCarlos | 02.24.2010 | 9:33 am


    Do you have an update on total funds raised?

  118. Comment by Tree | 02.24.2010 | 9:56 am

    The world is filled with Heros and Zeros. I see many hero’s here and only one zero. Cheer on the heros and remember zeros don’t count for anything.

    Donation forthcoming..along with warm wishes for a happy outcome for your family.

  119. Comment by Sebastian | 02.24.2010 | 9:56 am

    Hope the amounts of money raised will help and a donor kidney will be found soon.

    As I’m a european reader of this blog, in case of me winning one of those cool bikes, I’ll pay the transportation cost in order not to stress someoneelses budget because of my fortune.

  120. Comment by Lloyd | 02.24.2010 | 10:58 am

    Done. Glad to help, even a little.

  121. Comment by Heidi | 02.24.2010 | 11:17 am

    Best wishes and fabulous health to your entire family, Elden. You’ve built a pretty wonderful community here. No need for Rocky to send me the bike when I win, because it’ll just go back up on the auction block again. Whoo hoo!

  122. Comment by gumoore | 02.24.2010 | 11:20 am

    This says a lot about you as a person; which only goes to confirm what I have already discerned through your posts.

    If my mere pittance actually happens to win me a bike, keep it Fatty.

    My best wishes and good thoughts to Dallas.

    I would love to see an update on the fundraising.

  123. Comment by Yiannis | 02.24.2010 | 11:22 am

    My best wishes for a speedy recovery to Dallas. Made a small donation, hope it helps.

  124. Comment by melicious | 02.24.2010 | 11:24 am

    Donation given. Hope, well-wishes, and general good vibes sent. Dallas and Kellene: wishing you and your family strength. You both seem like you have a lot of positive energy, positive outlooks on life and are very determined to beat this unfortunate disease and turn of events. Block out the negative comments and people and stay strong! Take care. And Fatty, way to go. Nice idea and gesture to encourage others to help Dallas. Some use fame soley for self-serving gain, but not you. You use your fame to help so many, many others. Ride on, brother!

  125. Comment by brian | 02.24.2010 | 11:39 am

    Wow troll, I hope you are a better surgeon than writer. The only things you have succeeding in convincing anyone of is that you are unkind, cowardly, and not very intelligent. (Frankly I agree with some of your views of capitalism and the current democratic version of health care reform but your ridiculous presentation completely invalidates anything valid you might have to say.)

    I’m almost as big of an idiot as you for feeding the troll by responding but I just can’t help it:
    Your criticism of Fatty’s use of his forum to solicit donations for his sister/nephew is hugely hypocritical. This is Fatty’s blog. By your own arguments he’s worked hard to build it and can use it for what he wants. If this is a bake sale, it’s in his yard attended by his friends – for you to walk around the yard holding a protest sign makes you look ridiculous.

    You’ve got to be about the only person in the world that would have a problem with Fatty auctioning off a bike that Johan originally told him to keep and has now given his blessing on auctioning for his sister/nephew.

    Clearly this falls within the intent of Johan’s initial statement – he wanted Fatty to use the bicycle for personal use – not donate it to fight cancer. Using it to help his sister and nephew is in fact for very personal use. Even if it is a change, things change – as long as you communicate honestly with those involved and mutually agree to alter the contract there is no loss of integrity.

    Fatty knows the risks of having a public blog – he knows he’s going to get troll comments. I’m sure some of them still get to him sometimes. I’m really sad you decided your troll comment also had to hurt his sister and nephew. Whatever your egotistical view of yourself – take a look in the mirror on this one – you did a very bad thing. You hurt and upset people who are at a difficult and stressful place in their life while completely failing to accomplish anything else – trust me you enlightened no one with your approach.

    p.s. I think it would be hilarious if we somehow got you to post again even under a different name. This would prove you a hypocrite to your black & white statement of sticking to what you say.

  126. Comment by Brian B. | 02.24.2010 | 11:58 am

    Both money and prayers are on the way!

  127. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.24.2010 | 12:08 pm

    Let’s see here a surgeon….(not) who is so poor he resents the cost of software, and feels it is a right that he get it for free. Meaning, of course, that sotware developers, programmers, software retailers, etc. should all work for free. Who’s lining up to do those jobs?

    The way I see it, the people who complain the loudest about softwre costs are generally jobless gamers still living with mommy, using her desktop.

    Troll – Launch, little boy. Living a real life will give you some perspective.

  128. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 02.24.2010 | 12:18 pm

    All the best to Kellene and Dallas! Donation complete. Happy to help them out!

  129. Comment by Kikuchiyo | 02.24.2010 | 1:03 pm

    I’m in for 5!

  130. Comment by Kikuchiyo | 02.24.2010 | 1:04 pm

    I meant 5 entries… :)

  131. Comment by MattC | 02.24.2010 | 1:30 pm

    Yo Fatty…wow! Come in to see whats the haps today and it’s a firestorm. I don’t think there’s anything I can add to the blitzkrieg on the troll…well done all! Well, there is one thing I can add I guess…I’m pretty tapped out right now…(family crisis…one of our 4-legged furry kids is recovering from complete paralysis a week and a half ago…she ruptured her C4-C5 disc…needed myleogram/CT scan/surgery/5 days in ICU, and about a zillion line items on the bill (ok, only 2 pages worth)…and NO insurance being as she’s our ‘dog’. So we have recieved a small taste of what it’s like to be on your own to pay for life-saving medical care . Even so, my small donation is in. Take THAT troll. You can’t stop us. Should you ever comment again, please use the “Tin Man” handle, because surely you are in need of a heart. Bless you Kellene/Rocky and Dallas…hang in there. Fatty is on it, and we are behind him as always. (oh, and if I were to win, keep your bikes…or find another worthy cause and do it again…and again…and again.)

  132. Comment by Heidi | 02.24.2010 | 1:48 pm


    Do Not Feed the Trolls

  133. Comment by MattC | 02.24.2010 | 2:06 pm

    OH…and one other thing:

    @ Mike Russell…Clydesteve is right, Seattle is cool, Philly Jen is right, Philly is HOT! And AngieG is MORE right…cuz San Jose is Smokin’!!!! But it’s just not “Smokin’”…it’s on FIRE!

    Where else do you get to line up in FRONT of thousands of other cyclists, and then ride just behind the police escort for 18 miles thru the streets of a large city? The police motorcycles kept passing us and blocking the side traffic, and we just flew thru the city…accelerating and decelerating at each intersection. It was an INSANE start to a century (insane in a good way)! We (Team Fatty) were the the true Kings and Queens of the Road! (and btw: we need team members BADLY!! SJ was the smallest team by a landslide last year…whats up with that folks??) Time to start thinking about tossing your hats into the ring and get fundraising! Time is your friend. My only regret last year was that I didn’t sign up and begin fundraising sooner. In this case, time literally IS money!

  134. Comment by Shelley | 02.24.2010 | 2:12 pm

    Hey Fatty. I started reading your blog about a month ago, and every new entry moves me in some way. This one just made me smile, because you have such a big heart. I hope my meager donation helps a little. If I win, keep your bike(s). I’m sure they mean way more to you than they would to me, I’m just happy to help.

  135. Comment by Dan | 02.24.2010 | 2:17 pm

    Prayers and donation on their way from Luxembourg too!
    Livestrong Dallas!!!

  136. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.24.2010 | 5:13 pm

    For Kellene, you know I’ll “jump” at the chance to help!

    Good luck Dallas!

  137. Comment by Barb | 02.24.2010 | 5:22 pm

    Wow I had surgery this morning,NOT by The Troll, who’d want a surgeon that angry with health care. I have insurance and still have to pay $2500 plus 80% of everything over that. Good luck to Dallas and happy tp help out.

  138. Comment by GJ Jackie | 02.24.2010 | 5:30 pm

    @Kellene: You didn’t need to explain your situation, but I appreciate your sharing. Especially reminding us all about the importance of organ donation. What a tough road you’ve been traveling. Live strong, keep the faith!

    We’re wrapping Dallas up in a great big Fatty hug.

  139. Comment by cece | 02.24.2010 | 7:19 pm

    OH! A friend told me about these comments today. They got me so angry. It looks like this guy just goes around to various blogs and makes nasty comments. I cannot find him listed anywhere as a surgeon…so amen. Some people are just meanspirited. I do not think we should respond to his comments bec. they excite him and thrill him! Probably he is listed in the DSM< 4 and aptly categorized! Will be making a small donation after I get paid.

  140. Comment by Kimberly | 02.24.2010 | 8:47 pm

    I don’t know if I’ve ever posted before but have been following your blog (and story) for a couple of years now. My dear friend Cari Ashford,, told me of your blog while she was battling cancer herself. Cari and Susan, along with their hubbies, fought an amazing battle that didn’t end up like anyone wanted it to but I’m so amazed by the hope you walk forward in each day. So from a stranger out here in snowy Minnesota, thanks for being the fighter and the lover that you are. The world is a better place for it!

    I followed Cari’s blog and exchanged email with her often; she was a good friend and a wonderful person. Thank you for dropping by. – FC

  141. Comment by Lisa | 02.24.2010 | 8:50 pm

    I’ll be back on Sunday, once I get paid. And, by the way – I found out about your doing this “bake sale” because I follow Johan on Twitter (hadn’t checked in with you lately since I know you’re busy doing other things, like living, besides this blog.)

  142. Comment by Bashzilla | 02.24.2010 | 8:52 pm

    Glad to help.

  143. Comment by Kevin | 02.24.2010 | 11:24 pm

    These bikes are fantastically short for me, but I can think of at least one friend that would be floored to see one appear in their garage mysteriously :)

  144. Comment by Mike | 02.25.2010 | 9:33 am

    Fatty, I’m more than happy to help! If I won a bike I would ride every day decked out in my Team Fatty gear and my Fight Like Susan gear. I think it’s a sign of greatness to be able to part with a prized possession for the benefit of a greater good.

    As a Type 1 diabetic and having a brother who survived a bought with an extremely aggressive cancer, I understand how expensive it can be to stay alive. I’ve also done a lot of research and analyzing of public health systems and they have there own flaws that only can be seen after some digging. There has to be a happy medium somewhere and until we find it I am more than happy to help those in need. :) It was incredibly stressful but my family found a way to make my brothers treatment work, once surgery alone cost just shy of $300,000 and that doesn’t include the other 13 chemo cycles and check ups every other month to make sure the incredibly aggressive and incredibly aggressive cancer doesn’t come back.

    Bottom line, if Team Fatty supports it then I do.

  145. Comment by Nic Grillo | 02.25.2010 | 9:46 am

    Thanks for all the entertainment and inspiration. Dallas sounds like a great kid. The kind we need a lot more of in this world. Only wish I could send more.

  146. Comment by Weaky6 | 02.25.2010 | 10:09 am

    I’m a human being, I ride a bike, I donate, I love other human beings. Peace brooo!

  147. Comment by grannygear | 02.25.2010 | 11:09 am

    As a fellow fat cyclist (literally), I have found inspiration in reading your blog for quite some time (although the extra pounds are still with me, what’s up with that?!).

    The day Susan passed, I found myself sitting at my pc with such raw emotion, that I cried for someone I never had the pleasure of meeting. Shortly thereafter I purchased one of the recent jerseys (size fat) and will wear it with pride this season (Baltimore = way too much snow for winter rides).

    Today, I find the same emotion however it is one of anger directed toward the Troll. For a surgeon, you are an astonishingly simple person of limited compassion and dare I suspect, intellect. I hope and pray you never need the generosity of others that Fatty personifies.

    You, Troll, have however inspired me. While I have contributed before, I was not initially going to make a donation as our limited budget is already accounted for. Your insensitivity and callous disregard for human compassion (physician; really?) has caused me to find additional funds to contribute to Dallas. So Fatty, not in the name of the Troll but rather in the name of doing the right thing as a human, you will find a contribution from my family to yours.

    That Doctor Troll, is called compassion. I wish you luck in finding some.

  148. Comment by skippy | 02.25.2010 | 11:30 am

    ” SPECIAL NOTE: Johan’s friend, The Fat Cyclist, is donating his sweet Trek Madone bike (yes, the one that Johan gave him at the Team camp), in an effort to raise money for his nephew who is in need of a kidney transplant. Read Fatty’s blog and find out how to get involved! ”
    NB there is a direct link in the item!
    Sex offenders are found by their web postings and “troll” your luck ran out the first posting, the second buries you!
    Impersonating a DR. is a lockup offence, we just hope they throw away the keys!
    Enough folks, the “whatever” is wasting our time and energy which s/be devoted to fighting “Cancer”, and that is why most of us are here? well i also want safer cycling but the “PYGMYS” don’t see that as my rights.

  149. Comment by Soulfull Commuter | 02.25.2010 | 12:15 pm

    I will avoid the political debate, but Fatty needs better marketing for his Lemond bike. Clearly it is a super quad building machine. The kind of quads that will give you a Tour de France championship by the closest margin ever.

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  151. Comment by Thom F | 02.25.2010 | 1:46 pm

    If any of you folks that say you don’t want a bike actually win a bike, please send it to me! I’ll put it to good use!

    Mr. Fat Stuff, I threw in what I could afford for your nephew. I know how it is. God bless you for the example you’re setting.

    P.S. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the Troll was an Ayn Rand fan. Altruism and charity are considered vices in her “philosophy.” In any case, I pity the poor fool.


  152. Comment by Michael in TN | 02.25.2010 | 5:31 pm

    Aside from all the debate about the health care system and the merits of a government system.
    What about the simple but noble act of helping out another human being in need? That right there should be reason enough. If “he” was truly a surgeon, shouldn’t that be at the heart of his career – helping people who need help?
    It is sad that everyday I seem to be adding more and more people to my On Notice list

  153. Comment by Jade | 02.25.2010 | 5:59 pm

    Hi Fatty,

    I wish I could afford to donate, but I’m afraid things are so tight right now financially with my family, we have to pinch pennies ’till they squeak. My thoughts and good wishes are with you all, though.

    Ben, thanks for those articulate break-downs of the troll’s comments. I feel blessed to live in Canada, where I don’t have to worry about being bankrupted by illness or injury in my family, I whole-heartedly second the notion that readers should be writing to their congressman/woman about healthcare reform.

    Good luck with this, Fatty, I hope it goes well. I just find it sad that it’s necessary, in more than one sense.

  154. Comment by Alec | 02.25.2010 | 6:01 pm

    Glad to help out. All the best and good luck.

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  157. Comment by Baz | 02.26.2010 | 10:25 am

    Just popped in to see how the fundraising was going and…wow, what an idiot. Money in the hat; the bikes are too small for me but not by much, so I hope I’m lucky enough to ride one before passing it on.

    Best of luck Dallas and Kellene.

  158. Comment by Mark | 02.26.2010 | 1:19 pm

    My heart goes out to Dallas and this cause. I donated a kidney to my son a few years ago and it was a great experience. I raced in a criterium less than three months after the surgery and have remained active and competitive since. I say this to encourage anyone considering being a living donor. I also encourage everyone to say yes on their license to become an organ donor AND tell their family of their desire to do so.

  159. Comment by BionicCyclist | 02.26.2010 | 9:09 pm

    A small contribution sent from me.
    Should I win any of the bikes, it/they will be donated from THE Bionic Cyclist.
    All the best to Dallas and once again Fatty, you ARE the man!

  160. Comment by Jeremy | 02.28.2010 | 12:40 am

    It occurs to me, as our house is reeling from the self-inflicted deaths of two former students of my wife, we don’t allow ourselves to reach out in small ways to others in need nearly enough. We can’t afford much, but if enough people contribute a little, it should help ease the family’s burden.

  161. Comment by MJStarr | 03.1.2010 | 1:14 am

    Every little bit helps! I can’t give much but you’ve got some more coming to you from China. Found this blog from a cycling blog in China.

    My thoughts are with y’all, you’re doing good things!

  162. Comment by Russell | 03.1.2010 | 10:27 am

    Fatty – you should be in sales because when you ask for my money I can’t help but give it to you. Best of luck to Dallas and the rest of your family!

    I guess trolls live under bridges and eat their own boogers for a reason.

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  164. Comment by Bill Webster | 03.1.2010 | 9:32 pm

    Fatty…thanks for the opportunity to be as generous as you’ve been. Best to Dallas, Kellene and Rocky.

  165. Comment by Stephanie | 03.1.2010 | 9:44 pm

    Hey Fatty! I sent a donation on February 23rd and it still hasn’t cleared Paypal yet. I hope that it still can get counted toward the total donation amount. Good luck to everyone in your family, and best wishes for a happy marriage.

  166. Comment by Cathy B. | 03.1.2010 | 10:42 pm

    Sent a bit of money your way, Fatty, along with best wishes to Dallas and his family for his health, and to you and yours for your impending marriage. I hope if you’re ever around Toronto that I and your other readers here get to meet you!

  167. Comment by Mickie | 03.3.2010 | 1:34 pm

    I am amazed and gratified… there are good people in the world!

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