First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who helped us exceed our 2021 Team Lifeblood goal and raising over $27,000 to support Be The Match. It was another challenging but successful year with all the pandemic restrictions. In spite of that The first annual Tour de TC was a success! I rode 3,300 miles, joined by teammates for some of that, and connected with 10 transplant centers. I also did numerous TV interviews that reached 1.5 million viewers in order to further our goals of spreading hope to patients, getting the word out on the need for more donors, and raising money for the Be The Match patient and family assistance program. Covid has led to increased costs for patients that are not covered by insurance.
2022 will be just as epic but in a different way! Our goals remain the same. We are moving to a new format in 2022 to encourage much greater participation with much higher Tour de TC fundraising goal. We will have a series of short 9 to 15 day tours throughout the year in different parts of the country, each open to 10 participants, AND ALL 5 RIDES WILL BE FULLY SUPPORTED WITH A SAG VAN!! No more 60 lb bikes! The daily distances will be shorter to accommodate riders of all abilities. I intend to do all of them!
Here is the 2022 plan:
- April tour: Jacksonville to Key West
- Late May tour: San Francisco to San Diego
- Early July Tour: Buffalo to Lake Placid to Boston
- Late July tour: Boston to Cape Cod to Philadelphia
- July 29,30: Lifeblood Team at the 24 Hours of Booty in Charlotte
- Late September tour: Chicago to Milwaukee to the Door Peninsula to Madison
- Oct 1: Season Finale century ride from Mayo Rochester to Minneapolis (number of riders TBD)
I am retired now, it is 13 years since my transplant, and I am spending full time as a Be The Match Volunteer. In 2021 I did 13 courier trips, delivering lifesaving bone marrow/stem cells from collection centers to transplant centers. I am also an Ambassador Advisor, Fundraiser for Be The Match, and Volunteer Chair of the By the Mile for Be the Match program.
Please join me in supporting the lifesaving work of Be The Match!