Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride 2014
Please read my story regarding BikeMS
I ride in an event every year called BikeMS. My bike team/club, TeamCBC, has been very successful in raising funds for this event, over a half million dollars since I have been working with the team. The event is a lot of fun and also raises much need funds for a disease that is not curable at this time.
I ask many of you for donations every year, and you have always given what you can. I thank you for all those donations, as it goes to a great cause. This year I am asking for a slightly different reason. When I moved to North Carolina, six years ago, I rarely rode my bike on the road. I did lots of spinning classes, but I was very intimidated by all the great riders I knew back in Kansas. One of the first people I met here was Bob Dillon. He began to ride with me in and around where I lived several times a week. He also convinced me to ride in what was then called the MS 150. In one summer he helped me achieve my first half metric, my first metric (the Firecracker), and my first English century in New Bern at the MS 150. He also introduced me to Greg at CBC, and the TeamCBC cycling group, as well as many other wonderful people that rode with the team (it would take to long to mention all of them). I became very interested in the team and as I met more people and I learned more about the disease and what the funds from BikeMS really did for the cause. I also got more and more involved, and with the help of innumerable people, we built TeamCBC into what it is today, a very large and active bike club that gives to many different causes, diabetes, cancer, MS and more. We help teach people how to ride, help people have fun on a bike and enjoy success as people grow into the sport. We also perform many other community services, as well as promote cycling in general throughout the Triangle and the state.
So back to Bob. At the time I really did not think about what Bob did for me, nor what he meant to me. Without him, I would most likely not be riding, TeamCBC would most likely not be what it is today, and the causes we support, especially MS would be that much poorer for it. I would be that much poorer for it, as all the people I have met greatly enriched my life . Much to my chagrin, my very good friend Bob Dillon has acquired that nasty disease called pancreatic cancer. He has just begun to fight and I wish him all the best luck in the world. He has always been a force for giving to Bike MS and I am going to continue that cause. I know it sounds odd, but I am dedicating my BikeMS this year to Bob, for being my friend, for getting me involve in cycling as a sport, and for helping us grow TeamCBC, which would not exist without him.
Please give to my effort for BikeMS. Please give to honor Bob Dillon and what he stands for, his integrity, character and a truly great heart. Please give to help all those people fighting MS and who need your help to live with and to conquer the disease. Your donation of $25 or $50 is greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much,