Seek A Miracle
Impossible is Nothing
Slow Stop Reverse Cure
I've used this as motivation many times when I've thought I wanted to stop or not do something difficult, like last year when I ran a trail 50K that I did not train well enough for. I didn't advertise and fundraise for FARA because I was afraid I would be unable to do it and didn't want it to reflect badly on Sam somehow. During the run I really did use Sam's determination as a model and while it was very slow I ran every step of the way and tried to honor his spirit. That may be an example of what his mom Amy says is Sam's gift to us; "...you will be inspired to do better, to be better, to feel better, no matter what challenges may come your way." I know Sam has given me that gift and I'd like you to share in it with me this weekend.
A number of years back Sam got involved with a fundraising effort for FARA (Friedrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance) led by another remarkable young man named Kyle Bryant. Kyle had founded Ride Ataxia, a fundraising effort utilizing bike rides. Sam and his family participated in several rides of significant distances and over the last few years Sam has hosted a ride in Portland while he was going to school at the University of Portland. His circle of friends is impressive and the rides were scenic and fun. This year Sam and the Ride Ataxia folks have chosen to move the Northwest ride to Seattle, his hometown. I love Portland and it was a fun mini-vacation but having this in the Seattle area is very cool.
A few weeks ago asked you to save the date of August 3rd if you were in town and had a few hours to spend for a great cause. I would love to have you join us at Marymoor Park this coming Sunday for a ride. There are four courses, two easy and on the Sammamish River Trail (no vehicles), and two more challenging. I would really encourage you to come, ride, meet Sam and Kyle and learn a little bit more about this. Of course the purpose of this is raise research money. Given the recent significant breakthrough in ALS research it is imperative that more dollars flow to FARA to continue their work for this lesser known disease. With that in mind whether you can ride on Sunday or not I would appreciate your financial support for Sam, for Kyle and for the thousands of young people who are touched by this hideous disease. We are all overwhelmed with need around us and I know we must make choices of where we get involved and this is one at the top of my list for three reasons. I love Sam, I trust the leadership of Ride Ataxia, and I believe it can make a difference. Other things conspired and I did not form my own “team” this year so I would ask you to go to Team Bridgman and support Sam there.
In addition to links embedded above I have included those below and some videos about Sam if you are interested or need background before you commit to this.
Finally—if you are planning on coming to the ride on Sunday I’d love to hear from you to let me know and make sure to find me Sunday. A couple years ago I committed to the longest ride and managed to miss Sam and Kyle’s speeches so I’m not sure I will do that again so I’d be happy to do some of it with your kids if they’d like that. If you send me an email you will get an "Out of Office" reply. Please ignore it--I'm not quite ready to turn it off yet.
Thanks for listening,
FARA site: http://www.curefa.org/index.html
Ride Ataxia site: http://rideataxia.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1109958
Articles and videos:
Seattle Times, recent
The Oregonian, 2012
University of Portland, 2013