Hi, this is Spencer. Today I finished third grade at Canyon Creek Elementary. I am healthy now, but four and a half years ago I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I am one of the lucky ones. My leukemia was very treatable and after 3 years and 2 months of chemotherapy, I completed treatment. My parents had good health insurance and my Dad was able to stop working and spend time caring for me. When my immune system was shut down, we would go on hikes and bicycle rides to stay away from people, but remain active. Now, we go on bicycle rides to raise money to fight cancer.
In 2004, my Dad and I rode 40 miles with my Dad towing me on a trail-a-bike to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation to help in the fight against cancer. We raised over $32,000 that year. Every year since, I have continued to ride and raise money. In 2006, we rode 40 miles again. In 2007, we rode 50 miles on a tandem. In 2008, I rode 45 miles solo!
This year, we are doing two LIVESTRONG Challenge rides and I need your support to reach my $3000 goal for the Seattle ride by June 18. My Dad and I will be riding 70 miles on the tandem. This Fall I will ride 65 miles solo in Austin, though I will let my Dad draft and be my official guardian.
More than 12 million Americans are currently living with cancer, and more than 1.3 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone. It’s time for us to do something about this. We must unite to make cancer a national priority, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation provides us with an opportunity to do just that. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation’s mission is to inspire and empower people affected by cancer. It seeks to spread its goal and mission through grassroots networks all around the country that subsequently demand from this nation’s leaders increased resources to provide open access to preventative care and screenings, more opportunities for research, and improved quality of life for cancer survivors everywhere.
P.S. The Lance Armstrong Foundation has worldwide programs to help with cancer awareness and survivorship issues. Your donation will help the 12 million people who will be diagnosed with cancer this year to face the disease with the best chances. Please give today at http://seattle09.livestrong.org/spencer