Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pedal The Cause

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Next assignment: Pedal The Cause. This is the first year for this cycling fundraiser for cancer research at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Siteman Cancer Center. That are all affiliated and provide top-shelf care. Why, they've patched me together from time to time.

There were over 700 riders covering 25 and 60 mile courses (60 miles!). Some enormous bucket of money was donated for a cause that will keep people alive. The announcer mentioned that 20 years ago the survival rate for leukemia was 10%. Now it's 90%. That's what the cash buys. Many of the riders were cancer survivors. Well, I suppose I am, too, although my treatment was not long and dramatic. Were it not for some of these very institutions I would not be here today writing this.

One note to the organizers: the event and your work is dedicated to the good of mankind. So next year could you skip the bottled water imported from Iceland? The amount of wasted energy to bring water here from Fiji, France, Iceland and so forth is appalling. And how about biodegradable bottles?

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4 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Good. We tend to rely on public money far too much.

Next assignment: pedal 60 miles next year.

Birdman said...

Maybe you'll ride next year? These 'pedals' always a excellent time for color shots.

Virginia said...

Great shots and a great cause. What the hell happened to drinking water from the tap?

Steffe said...

Glad you are still around! This looks like my kind of event. Great to see all the now healthy cyclists out and about. Importing water is as dumb as buying bottled water from the store, something I have never done in my life, at least not in Sweden.