Welcome to the 2011 Ride From Reno!

This year’s ride is stacking-up as the best ever! There will be 7 friends riding with me in 2011:

Jason Bleak
Ravell Call
Steve Kelly
Larry Peterson
Joe Plater
Coleman Warren (my wonderful brother, who starts his training each year a week before the ride!)
Scott Westfall

While there will be 8 of us out on the road, we’re riding for a singular purpose: To raise funds
for Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City where they’re hot on the trail of finding better
tolerated, less toxic treatments for cancer and, ultimately, cures for the >150 types of this
damnable disease.

Cancer impacts each and every one of us. 1 out of 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in
their lifetime, while 1 out of 2 men will suffer the same fate. Having your Dr. say to you, “I’m
sorry to have to tell you that you have cancer” is one of the most traumatic events a person will
ever face, and is but the beginning of a long and arduous journey. A journey that leaves each
person so diagnosed changed forever.

Just this morning, Coleman and I did a little training ride to Virginia City from Reno. While
sitting at the top of the summit of Geiger Grade, a cyclist pulled-up to rest after the long
climb. We introduced ourselves, chatted for a couple of minutes, and during the conversation
Coleman told our new friend about the Ride From Reno and why we were doing it. Our friend
was quiet for a moment before telling us, “my Dad passed away from cancer and I totally
support what you’re doing.”

Yesterday, my son-in-law sent a note saying 8-year old Dax Christensen, the son of a close
friend, had passed away following a long and difficult battle with cancer.

My point is this: Cancer is everywhere. And it’s up to us to do something about it. If we’re
waiting for someone else to fund finding better tolerated, less toxic treatments for cancer,
we’re probably smoking crack. If we’re waiting for Obamacare to find the cures for the >150
types of this damnable disease, we’re totally screwed. It’s not up to them. It’s up to us!

And so, 8 of us are beginning the 10th Ride From Reno, which is our effort to raise funds needed
to Kick Cancer’s Butt. Or, to say it more succinctly, to Kick Cancer’s Ass. As a survivor of Stage
IV Head & Neck cancer, I have the unique license to be as incensed and pissed-off about cancer
as anyone. I don’t take it lightly. I take it for what it is . . . a life and death struggle with a few
mutant cells intent on killing us.

So please, take the opportunity to do something about cancer. Don’t wait for ‘someone else’
to do it for you. Open your purse or wallet and make a donation now to Huntsman Cancer
Institute. Go to www.huntsmancancerfoundation.org to make a donation or, simply click
https://www.huntsmancancerfoundation.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=235. It doesn’t get much

Now it’s up to you.

Kindest regards,


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One Response to Welcome to the 2011 Ride From Reno!

  1. Don Leslie says:

    We are following you this week and look forward to seeing you on Saturday! Be safe out there on the roads and know that we are all wishing you the best. Tell Scott that even though he is an Oregon fan, I will be rooting for this (at least for this week)!


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