Earlier this month a team of two from Columbus McKinnon completed a ride of their lives – a 100-mile “Century” bicycle ride around Lake Tahoe – to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our team consisted of Rakesh Jobanputra, Cindy Dominske and Joshua Karczewski (Cindy was unable to join the team for the ride, but had a major role in fundraising efforts and support.) The ride was through mountainous and hilly terrain and each rider completed the 100 mile track (no tag team efforts here!) This was truly an amazing experience for our riders, not to mention what a BEAUTIFUL place. Above is a team photo of all the Western & Central NY Riders and Coaches. There were approximately 3000 riders from all over the country. The fundraising minimum was $3,800 per rider.
With the support of associates and friends, our CMCO team was able to raise over $14,000! All of the support and donations will go a long way to help find a cure for blood cancers. The event itself raised over $5 million. Talk about making a difference!
Joshua shared the following story with me about his favorite moment:
The fundraising team who raised the most money was doing their ride for a 3 year old boy who was the son of one of the riders. During the inspiration dinner the night before the ride, they were presented a special award for raising the most funds. This young boy was diagnosed with leukemia last month and he was on stage with his dad. The boy leaned into the microphone and said, “Thank you for riding for me.” There was not a dry eye in the place. It made us all remember why we were there doing this. God bless that little boy and all the others like him who are put through such a rough experience way too early in life.
Below is photo of our Western New York team:
Over the past 14 years, more than 19,500 team members have raised over $65.8 million for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For those interested in making a donation to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, you can do so here. Thank you for your support!