My wife Alix and I are participating in the six day “Ride the Rockies” bicycle ride this year from June 10th-15th as a fund raiser for First Descents which is an organization that serves young adults with cancer. We will climb 24,937 vertical feet as we ride approximately 442 miles from Gunnison Colorado, to Hotchkiss, to Carbondale, to Leadville, to Granby, through Rocky Mountain National Park to Estes Park and then to Fort Collins.
First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors (ages 18 to 39) a free outdoor adventure experience designed to enable them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. Their programs are all over the country and range anywhere from 1 day to 1 week. Any young adult with cancer is eligible regardless of physical challenges, diagnosis or prognosis!
Alix had a transformational experience at a week long rock climbing camp she attended in Moab last year. Her brother Kurt also a cancer survivor had an incredibly experience at a rock climbing camp in Rocky Mountain Park last summer. The friends and experiences Alix has gained through First Descents have provided her courage, strength and great joy. From my experiences participating in fundraising events for First Descents, helping out at a camp and seeing the positive effects the organization has had on Alix, I can honestly say it is truly an incredible organization.
In appreciation of all Alix has gained from First Descents, she has been a dedicated volunteer and fundraiser for the organization for the last 5 years since her diagnosis. You can learn more about the ride at www.ridetherockies.com and more about First Descents at www.firstdescents.org
My goal is to raise at least $1,000, which will send one young adult with cancer to a camp for one week.
I hope you will help Alix and me raise money for this wonderful organization and allow two more young adults with cancer to attend a camp and live beyond their diagnosis. Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated.