Monday, May 24, 2010

If he can do it, you can do it. Or at least contribute....

When I met my wife, I was training with Team in Training for my first century bike ride.  While we were dating, I knocked out that first one and another one in three weeks, both with TNT and both to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  I decided to do a third that year and I talked my girlfriend (now wife) into doing it, El Tour de Tucson.  But since I was living in NYC and she was living in San Diego, she had to sign up with the San Diego chapter and I trained with NYC, but did a few rides with the San Diego chapter when I was visiting.

Team in Training has mentors who assist new riders, both on the road and off, in getting through the training and the fund-raising.  Nadene had one mentor, Ted Wilcox, who has become a bit of an inspiration to us.  You see, not only has Ted beaten leukemia once and gone on to do century bike rides, he's beaten it (fingers crossed; it's only been a couple of years) a second time and gone on to do triathlons and more.

Ted, who is a US Navy veteran and all-around nice guy, is now training for a new tri with TNT, so he's fund-raising again.  My fund-raising for my Tahoe century is pretty much complete, so I'd like to help out Ted.  Here's the offer:

If you donate $100 to Ted's fund-raising account at, you can submit a sample chapter (up to 25 pages total) and synopsis (up to 5 pages double-spaced) to me without having to query me first.  Your donation is 100% tax deductible and goes to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  I receive no benefit other than a warm and fuzzy feeling.  Include your receipt from your online donation with your sample chapter.  I will respond to all such submissions personally and there will be no form rejects.  If I like it, I will ask for more.  If I do not, I will explain in a one-to-two-page letter why I think it is not for me or what I feel doesn't work about it.  This offer expires on the event day:  9/18/2010.*

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Thanks very much.


*Taking advantage of this offer and making a donation in no way improves your chance of getting representation.  It only allows you to bypass the query-letter stage and ensures you a personal response to your material rather than a form reject if we pass. 

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