A Note from Fatty: The Twin Six guys wanted me to let you know that due to a production delay, the 2011 Fat Cyclist gear will begin shipping October 11. You (and I) should be seeing it soon after that!
Everyone, meet Sandra of New York:
Also, meet Sandra’s bike, affectionately known to Sandra as “Billie.”
I’m afraid that Billie is about to become a little bit jealous, because Sandra — a Team Fatty member who has raised $2105 this year — is the winner of the latest Shimano / Orbea giveaway, and will shortly be riding this:
Yeah, Sandra’s had a pretty good day. And after reading a little bit about who she is and why she’s involved with the fight against cancer, I think you’ll be as glad as I am that she won this bike.
A Little More About Sandra
Sandra was good enough to send me a little bit of information about who she is and why she’s joined the fight against cancer. In her words:
I started the LIVESTRONG challenge fundraising because in 2009 one of my closest friends, Drew Olanoff, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Immediately he, instead of adopting a ‘woe is me’ attitude, found a way to put his misfortune to good use.
After getting diagnosed he started a twitter trend called #blamedrewscancer and a website that is partnered with LIVESTRONG where you can “blame cancer” for anything you want, whether its your bad hair day or your own cancer.
He also put his twitter name @drew on auction to the highest bidder and all $$ goes to LIVESTRONG. Who bought it? DREW CAREY!
So Drew Olanoff has been a HUGE source of inspiration to me long before this, but this made me redirect all my efforts for fundraising and charity into LIVESTRONG. We’re such good friends that he, our friend Rachel and I all got matching tattoos!
I did the 45 mile LIVESTRONG ride in 2009. It was hard because at the second rest stop about 21 miles in I got stung in the eye by a bee and the medic tent gave me Benadryl that made me nauseous the rest of the way.
There were so many times I wanted to flag down one of the vans to have me brought back to the finish line but every hard hill I climbed I said to myself “people with cancer don’t give up, neither should you,” and that powered me through. So even though it took something like a total of 6 hours to complete I still completed it because I felt it was important to throw my body in the ring for the cause.
A Note from Fatty: Drew was the MC at the awards dinner in Philly in 2009, so I got a chance to meet him. I — like a lot of people — was impressed with his creative energy and desire to find new ways to do good things.
Meet Jerry Pickering — The Winner of the Trip to Ride for the Roses
Sandra wasn’t the only winner in this contest, though. Remember, while the guys from Twin Six raised enough money for LiveStrong to get to the coveted “Yellow Jersey” level ($30,000!), they wanted to share the experience, and so they gave me the perks of their fundraising — a trip to Austin to join Team Fatty at the Ride for the Roses — to me to include as part of this latest fundraiser.
And I’m happy to announce that Jerry Pickering is the winner of that trip!
Here’s Jerry at the finish line at this year’s San Jose LiveStrong Challenge:
Here’s what Jerry has to say about why he’s involved in the fight against cancer:
I’m a software engineer (casualty of company lay off last week, ironically enough), and a Special Forces vet.
In the last year, I’ve had four very close friends and former Special Forces heroes diagnosed with Cancer.
Two have already passed away.
It is monumentally unfair after all they have done to secure our freedom and the freedom of others. It is very hard to watch my teammates suffer quietly, never surrendering. So I picked up the LiveSTRONG challenge in San Jose riding with Matthew Chapek and Team Fatty.
A Note from Fatty: I want to point out that I’m constantly amazed and impressed with the stories and reasons to fight cancer Team Fatty members have. Big thanks go out to Jerry for his service to his country, as well as his reasons for taking up the fight against cancer.
More Winners Coming Soon!
As you may know, I’m going to Santa Rosa this week to ride in Levi’s Gran Fondo. Tomorrow, I’m going to tell you a little bit about what I’ve learned about Levi Leipheimer — the kind of person I’m learning he is, and the kinds of causes he supports.
And I’m also going to be firing up a contest where you can win some pretty awesome things. I won’t reveal what they are, but here are a few clues:
That video isn’t perhaps very informative, so here are some pictures.
PS: Apart from that first video, I’m not very good at giving difficult-to-decipher clues, am I?