Tom and I became involved three years ago when Mile O’Brien presented a challenge to join him in support of Less Cancer by cycling across Michigan. Miles responded to adversity by upping his focus on making a difference in other peoples lives; now that was a cause we needed to associate with; sign us up. When your life is impacted by cancer the question becomes how to get involved. What sets this charity apart is its emphasis on healthy living and prevention. The more people can be aware of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle free of chemicals, processed foods and focus on a more healthy lifestyle, the better their chances are to live a cancer free life.
Both of my parents are survivors of cancer and my dearest friend died of breast cancer at age 32. There are so many preventative measures that people can take to improve the quality of their lives rather than waiting for doctors and drug companies to come up with a cure. This will be the fourth year that Less Cancer has organized a bike ride in memory of people who have lost their lives to cancer, those who have survived, and to raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention programming, education and policy.
From a pure cycling standpoint, this ride is unrivaled in many respects, especially its team focus. Everyone involved – riders, crew and fans (yes there are cowbells heard along the route) – are focused on how they can help the team have a successful day. It is not intended to offer a personal challenge about what a rider can achieve; rather it is about what a participant can do to help the team. This climate of making oneself of benefit to others is unusual for an endurance fundraiser but fitting for an organization that was established on this very principal. The people of Team Less Cancer are remarkable; they have had such a positive impact on Tom and me.
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