Happy New Year Everyone!
By everyone, I mean all you friends and acquaintances that are receiving this blog posting. So let's get right to it, my holidays were, like pretty much everyone's, pleasant but over too soon. I got many warm wishes and generous gifts. I want to highlight one gift in particular.
My dear friend Lori gave me a rather unique and unexpected gift. She enrolled me in the Bacon of the Month Club! Once a month for the next three months I will receive 1 pound of the world's best bacon. The first pound arrived a couple days ago and I must say, if you're a vegetarian - this might just get you to switch. Man oh man, is it tasty.
But why am I talking about bacon when what this blog is really about is bike riding and fundraising to fight blood cancers. Okay, I'm getting to that. The bacon, like most good bacons, got me to thinking. In my last message about a month ago, I mentioned that we would do something special around Pork-a-Palooza for people who donated to support my fundraising efforts. It was kind of vague, and frankly, not my best prose.
So let's reset.
I am fundraising again to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma - two diseases that have killed people that I cared about. The bottom line is, these diseases are horrible and they won't go away without research. I do not want to see anyone else I love have to fight these diseases. I am riding my bike for Team in Training in the miserable cold of winter to raise awareness and I raise money. If you want to support me, then go to this link
As always, I like to put a little extra incentive into the fundraising. So here it is. I'm combining a cause I care about with an event that is actually quite fun. For the past two years, The Lad and I have hosted the gastronomic extravaganza known as Pork-a-Palooza. The first year, we made a modest effort and about 20 people joined us. The second year we kicked it up a notch and we had about 40 guests and smoked about 40 pounds of meat. This year, it's katie-bar-the-door. By that I mean, we're pulling out the stops and kicking out the jambs. This promises to be the best Pork-a-Palooza ever - and frankly, it will be a bad day to be a pig. We are finding new recipes for smoked meat delight that will raise the bar for Pork-a-Palooza to stratospheric levels. "But what does this have to do with fundraising?", you ask.
Well I'll tell you; for every donation over $50, you will get a custom Pork-a-Palooza article of clothing. Something you can wear, obviously. These items will only be provided to donors that give over $50. In addition, and this should go without saying, you will receive your awards at Pork-a-Palooza. Well that's a pretty good deal. And to remind you, Pork-a-Palooza is scheduled for June 28th. That's a Sunday afternoon, so any of my bike riding friends that say "I have a big ride" - you should plan to ride on Saturday.
But here's the catch. There's always a catch. To qualify for the Pork-a-Palooza apparel, you have to make your donation by February 14th. Why February 14th? Because what better gift of love can you give on Valentine's day than the gift of life by supporting the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma. (pretty good, eh?)
Join me in the fight against blood cancers. It's a New Year and it's time to renew the fight and maybe this will be the year of the breakthrough.
Thank you. Stay tuned for more updates, but remember please if you want to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, please donate here.
And if you want to follow my adventures, then check out my blog - here.