I admit it… I like the cape. I’ve been wearing it to draw attention to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. A red cape implies super strength, and that’s what my brother Jeff demonstrates as he continues to beat down cancer in his life. I skated up a mountain in this cape last Sunday to fulfill a promise to all the generous donators who have now put us over $9000 toward a cure!
Today I witnessed another amazing act of generosity. Our cycling family (hard to call it just a club at this point) suffered a blow when two of our members were hit by a car last week. Sam and Elidia Molina are two of the nicest people you will ever meet, and they are now both recovering in the hospital from some very serious injuries.
The club circled the bikes today after our Altamont Century ride and raised over $5000 for the Molina Recovery Fund, to help these good friends weather the adversity during their long recovery. A big part of this total was a matching donation by one of our major sponsors, Prime Nutrition (please shop there.) I enjoyed auctioning off a jersey and a pair of 49er tickets that went for $350 alone!
The point of the short story today is obvious. When loved ones lives are on the line, people come through for them. And I am humbled by it every time. It’s painful to give during a precarious economy. It’s painful to give when you’ve got your own bills to manage. And yet, people put their money and time where they think it will do the most good.
Today I’m very proud to be a part of the Valley Velo cycling family. Like an unbreakable bike chain, every link does its part. That’s the way we roll.
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Prevost