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#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 9

March 5, 2011 by TVossman  
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Since March is the national awareness month for colorectal cancer, I’d like to spend a little time to promote early detection and prevention as we are out on the road traveling across this great country. TV entering TX - Day 9

Early detection is vital and in order to save lives we must all take responsibility for knowing our family health history.  Over 80% of all cases of colorectal cancer can be prevented with recommended screening.  Despite its high incidence, colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer. 

In unison with the Colon Cancer Alliance, Racing for Cancer urges everyone to talk to your family, get information about your relatives so you can make an educated decision about (more…)

#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 8

March 4, 2011 by TVossman  
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Looking back down the valley from SA passAnother beautiful day in New Mexico, as we leave Las Cruces the winds are perfect and the temperature is in the mid 50’s.  Unfortunately, the winds changed almost immediately as we traveled Northeast on 70 heading towards Alamogordo, NM.  It made it a rather tough day, riding against the winds again…for some reason I have not been able to catch a break from the Wind Gods! 

Shortly after leaving Las Cruces, I found myself heading towards the San Augustin Mountains (about an 8 mile range) trending slightly northeast.  The southern border is the San Augustin Pass where US70 goes from Las Cruces and turns northeast through White Sands to meet Alamogordo.  When we started this morning in Las Cruces we were at 3900 feet above sea level and at the top of the pass it was about 5,719 feet above sea level!  It was for the most part a gradual incline all the way to the top where we stopped (more…)

#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 7

March 3, 2011 by TVossman  
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TV riding across the Continental Divide - Day 7WOW!!  What a great day to ride from Lordsburg, NM where once again the skies are clear and sunny, a cool 44 degrees to start the day, but ending in the mid 80’s.  

Steve and I started heading east on I-10 to Las Cruces, NM as that had been decided to be our resting place for day 7.  It was quite different riding on a major interstate but since there were no other roads available, it was necessary.  The weather conditions were great, we finally had the westerly winds at our back but the road conditions were (more…)

#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 6

March 2, 2011 by TVossman  
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TV and Steve Garufi - New Mexico Day 6.jpgToday was a beautiful day in Safford, AZ. I woke up to a clear sunny sky but cool temps of 36 degrees!  The mission today was to ride 100+ miles into Lordsburg, NM.  

Heading east on Hwy 70 I had my first flat tire!  Not bad for 6 days, fortunately I had all the equipment I needed to change the tube and start on the ride once again.  Down the road a bit, we met up with Steve Garufi who was having a pretty bad day…4 flat tires within a 24-hour period!  You can check out his charity at Cycling for Smiles.  Being by himself with no backup, he started to grow concerned as he had no additional tubes for his bike and of course we were out in the middle of nowhere!  I gave him a few tubes that I had in my spare parts box to (more…)

#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 5

March 1, 2011 by TVossman  
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Ryan & MomToday I want to take the opportunity to reach out to all our fans, their friends and family to remind everyone that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  In that light we want to dedicate today’s ride to Ryan’s mom, Lydia Hunter-Reay who lost her fight to colon cancer in November 2009.  

This month should be a special time for all of us to encourage our families and our close circle of friends to take the necessary precautions to make sure that we are all doing our part to save lives.  If you have history of colorectal cancer in your family, please make it a point to log onto Prevent Cancer  and read the fact sheet to learn what you can do to prevent this type of cancer in your family.  This website is very informative not only to colorectal cancers, but all types of cancers.  Information that is (more…)

#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 4

February 28, 2011 by TVossman  
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TV riding to PHX Intl RacewayToday was a fairly quiet day on the bike, but a great weather day for a change.  Started the day a little cool, about 44 degrees but turned into a beautiful day with a high of about 68. 

Not really much to share today regarding the ride itself with the exception of riding past the Phoenix International Raceway where Jeff Gordon won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Sunday that ended his 66-race winless streak, congratulations Jeff!

As we stand at the Phoenix Raceway, thoughts come to mind that there are many charities in the world today, each with many different goals and commitments.  Racing for Cancer would like to extend their focus on early detection and prevention (more…)

#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 3

February 27, 2011 by TVossman  
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P2270195 - CopyToday we started the ride with a clear sky and not a cloud in sight!  Our prayers were answered…no rain or snow in sight!  

First, we want to thank the Blue Water Resort & Casino in Parker, AZ for putting us up in rooms for the evening.  We are so appreciative to find businesses that are willing to contribute in helping make this ride a success.  Also, I want to give a “shout out” to Linda, the front desk manager, who is a 2x cancer survivor!  As we continue this awareness campaign across the country, I pray most that perhaps we can encourage early detection. Indeed, convincing others to get a check up and not have to face the risk of ever hearing, “You have cancer!” 

I was so happy about 45 miles into the ride along HWY 72, when Mel stopped his car ahead of us, got out and handed us a (more…)

#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 2

February 26, 2011 by TVossman  
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TV headed out of Banning on Ramsey

We’re not in Houston anymore, Toto!  Woke up today to rain and SNOW in Banning…the weather is definitely not cooperating!  

Each day as we continue on this journey, we meet people who have been touched by cancer in their lives…whether it is an immediate family member or a loved one.  It only solidifies the conviction that we share of getting the word out for early detection and prevention when you know just how many people are affected by this disease.  The front desk clerk that checked us in told us that her father was battling cancer presently and was given only 6 months.  She said he is enjoying the last six months of his life by making sure that he lives the life he has left to the fullest without the additional pain and suffering that treatments would bring him. 

As we pushed off this morning in some pretty bad weather for California, we headed east over the mountain into Yucca Valley. When I started feeling sorry for myself as I climbed the first range only to find a second one right after it, it made me think of our Children Cancer Fighters from 2010, Tiana, Keaton, Bradley, and Dustin and that gave (more…)

#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 1

February 25, 2011 by TVossman  
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TV2 at SF line in LBGood Morning Long Beach!  Started the day with a healthy rider’s breakfast and then headed over to the start/finish line to begin this amazing ride.  As Ryan Hunter-Reay won here in Long Beach last year, I thought it appropriate to dedicate this start to his mom, Lydia Hunter-Reay.  

Only a short distance into the ride, I needed to stop to check the GPS as it seemed to have me headed too far south.  While recalculating the Garmin, we ran into “Woody,” a Long Beach local who stopped to ask us what we were doing.  He said it was hard not to notice us…which is exactly what we had hoped for!  Again, thank you Oracal and Display Graphics!  As Woody continued to talk he told us that he was a 2x cancer survivor and had just been diagnosed for a third time with prostate cancer.  Woody is just (more…)

#beatcancer Vehicle Headed to Long Beach, CA

February 23, 2011 by TVossman  
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#beatcancer Assist VechileCheck out this car!  Many thanks to Oracal and Display Graphics who did a great job in helping us promote the #beatcancer ride to St. Pete which will start in Long Beach, CA on Friday, February 25.  As I drive to Long Beach, I do so with many emotions and thoughts…excitement, anxiety of ensuring I finish, and missing my kids! But I also think about Tiana, Keaton, Bradley and Dustin & 28 million others battling this disease… (more…)

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