Beginning in 2012, we have participated in a number of 100 and 100+ mile bicycling events to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The impetus to start fundraising for LLS came from Jack Nimock, the son of Liz’s first cousin, David Nimock. Jack was diagnosed with lymphoma at age 9. For two years, he endured grueling treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. He is now 15 and doing well, owing to recent advances in treatment for childhood blood cancers. Jack’s story demonstrates the critical importance of medical research, so we decided to do something to help fund research specifically in blood cancers (which often benefits research in other types of cancer, too).
Our first fundraising ride was the “Door County Century” in September 2012. Before that event, neither of us had previously ridden more than about 30 miles at a time. Liz rode America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, a 100-mile ride around Lake Tahoe and vicinity in June 2013. Then both of us did that ride in June 2014. Additionally, we have both ridden the “Scenic Shore 150” twice (2013 and 2014). Liz rode it again this summer. The Wisconsin Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsors this fundraising ride each year in July. We ride from Mequon to Sturgeon Bay, taking an overnight break in Manitowoc.
To date, we have raised over $24,000 from these bicycling events. We plan to keep riding and fundraising.