My big brother, Tony, and me -- a long, long, long time ago
Last November, just a few months after my brother, Tony Thomas, rode the 25-mile course in the 2017 Velosano Bike-To-Cure, we lost him to cancer. I had promised to ride with him in 2018, and in a way, I still am... I will be riding his bike in the 50 mile challenge.
Our team, so far, represents his family - brother, brother-in-law, daughters, nieces, sons-in-law - but in spirit, we represent the thousands of people that this man touched, treated, cured and loved throughout his personal and professional life. We are riding to honor his memory, and to raise funds to fight the disease that takes many of us and those whom we love, all too soon.
Perhaps to honor those you have known and loved who were touched by this disease, please consider donating to this cause -- and maybe joining Tony's Crew to ride with us on July 21 at the Cleveland Velosano.
If you're a casual or serious bike rider, whether for fun or fitness -- no matter what type of bike you bring -- you could help us make a difference. You can go 12 miles or 25, 50, 75, 100 -- or be a "virtual rider" and not even be in Cleveland! There are even stationary bikes near the course so you can pedal in place for a couple of hours. Go to the link below and click the blue "join a team" button, then choose Tony's Crew.
Because new cancer treatments and cures aren't possible without funded research, when you join, you will be expected to commit to a certain fundraising goal -- and the team will help you reach it. You will also need to ask your friends and family, co-workers, classmates, neighbors to support your Velosano ride, just like the almost 2000 riders last year, who raised over four million dollars, with 100% applied to cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic.
If you are not able to join the team -- I hope you will consider a donation to support our goal. Every dollar we raise and mile we ride, will fund the research that shortens the road to a cure.