On Saturday, May 8, Keizer resident and McNary High School teacher Jeremy Everitt will ride a stationary bicycle more than 100 miles at Salem’s Riverfront Park, where he will also provide information about LIVESTRONG’s mission and services.
Everitt will ride a stationary bike one mile for every $10 donated as a part of the third annual FatCyclist.com “100 Miles of Nowhere” event. He rode 176 miles after fundraising last year and hopes to exceed that total this year by raising an additional $2,500.
The “100 Miles of Nowhere” began as a fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation by FatCyclist.com founder, Elden Nelson. Last year, 421 riders around the world, from England to Qatar to the United States to Australia, participated in the race. This year the event boasts 500 participants from around the globe, all riding in short loops or on stationary bicycles.
Nelson also founded Team Fat Cyclist to participate in Team LIVESTRONG and the LIVESTRONG Challenge. Team Fatty, as it is referred to, broke records last year for number of members and total money by raising almost $800,000 for LIVESTRONG.
“I am proud to join hundreds of other Team Fatty members and thousands of other Team LIVESTRONG participants across the country who are raising funds and awareness for the fight against cancer,” Everitt said. “Together, we are helping people with cancer live life on their own terms.”
Cancer has made an impact on Everitt’s life repeatedly. He has seen many colleagues, friends and family go through cancer. This year is especially meaningful for him. His grandfather and great uncle were recently diagnosed with cancer and his aunt was just declared in remission.
“Nearly everyone will be affected by cancer, either directly or through a close friend or family member. I’m trying to help those people, including my aunt, great-uncle and grandfather, and families facing a cancer diagnosis, get the support they need in the face of this life-changing disease,” Everitt said.
Donations can be made at http://seattle2010.livestrong.org/jeveritt.
You can email Everitt for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Lance Masterson