Monday, January 25, 2010

Riding to Save Lives

To all of my publishing colleagues:

Our industry has a long and steadfast commitment to helping others. From literacy to UJA to helping Haiti, the publishing community has reached out and helped those in need.

I am writing you today to ask you to help out just a little bit more.

On June 6, 2010, I will be riding as a mentor with the San Diego chapter of Team in Training, raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We will be riding America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride or, as I call it, “The hardest 100 miles on a bike I’ve ever ridden.” Yes, I’ve done it before, in 2005. And between 2005 and 2006, I helped raise over $12,000 for LLS. In total, LLS has raised over ONE BILLION Dollars to help fund the search for a cure to blood cancers, but there isn’t a cure yet. So the effort continues, both in fundraising and in the labs those funds help support. You can read about the efforts of LLS here:

LSS helps support research and also directly assists patients who cannot afford their treatment co-pays or just the taxi to the hospital for regular chemo, and much in between.

Team in Training helps non-athletes train for endurance events, such as centuries, triathlons, and marathons. In exchange for that training, participants fundraise. Mentors assist participants with fundraising and training, while fundraising and training themselves. This will be my fifth century or century-plus (a century is 100 miles) bike ride with TNT and I am hoping to break the $15,000 (total) fundraising mark with this event.

Thus, I’m writing today to ask for your support. Will you please make a donation to my fundraising effort by visiting All donations are, of course, 100% tax deductible and all funds go straight to LLS.

Your support is deeply appreciated.

Thank you.

Best wishes,

Andy Zack

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