Wimp or Warrior

Today was the Wimp or Warrior Ride. This was a bike ride benefit that was conceived by two close friends of our family. One is a woman who has worked with and mentored Kayla for some years and the other is a friend and my former boss from Aspen Creek Cycling. They worked tirelessly with Kayla over the last six weeks to pull of something that would usually take months and months of planning and permitting from the city. Thank you, Karen and Mike, for pulling strings, using contacts, calling in favors and making a really great day for our benefit.

We had nearly 80 people come out and participate in a 20 ride or in the two-mile family ride. We had lots of volunteers from our small group, the bike shop, family members, Whole Foods Market and even the Honor’s Society from Foothills High School. That brought our total attendance to 100 or more people. We had a number of products and services that were donated for raffle and silent auction, and Karen’s husband came out to MC the event and give away the prizes. Some of those prizes included 2 bikes donated by Aspen Creek Cycling, spa and salon packages, gift baskets from the Two42 Cafe at Central, baskets from Whole Foods, sunglasses, bike tires and accessories, and there was even a martial arts demonstration and board breaking fund raiser from a nine-time ATA world champion. And we couldn’t have asked for a better day with temperatures near 60 degrees with a light breeze and sunny skies at the beginning of the ride.

In all the Wimp or Warrior Ride raised $7311 from registration, donations, raffles and the silent auctions. I am really humbled by the outpouring of support from our local community and especially those in the cycling community. I was amazing to see the way that the ride was promoted first via Facebook and email, then seeing it pop up on other websites, social media blasts and even at my hairdresser’s salon. I had a chance to catch up with old racing buddies, customers from my working days at Aspen Creek and time to meet others that really had no idea who I was or why they were signed up to ride for some guy’s charity. This was just one more way that we would never have imagined that God had planned to bless us and provide for us. With the money that was raised today, we will be able to pay off the remainder of the bill owed to Mayo Clinic. It will allow us to move forward without the worry of that debt hanging over our heads and focus on seeking more clearly defined answers to what has been making me sick.

Thank you to all of you who came out for the ride today, donated, bought raffle tickets, bid in the silent auction or said prayers that today would go well. Today was a true blessing to us.

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