Once again, I'm riding to raise money for diabetes, and you can help!
So, that bike ride I do every year in May, up in Napa? I'm totally doing it again. Remember how last year I said I was going to do, or eat least try to do, the 100 mile ride. And remember how I said that I use to have my sister-in-law Maureen come along with me, but she got married and moved to Oklahoma and then Missouri so she didn't come with me, and she wouldn't be there, and my friend Ben also couldn't make it, and so "this year, I don't have anyone to keep me from being really stupid."
Funny story. Here, watch this video:
See! That was me, doing something stupid, somewhere up in the hills just west of Calistoga! Don't worry; I'm fine. A nice marshall come by moments later, and a nice set of people in a support van gave me a ride back to the start. The bike needed a new set of handlebars, but was otherwise fine, and my wrist was a bit swollen but not broken, and a few days later I was good as new.
Anyway, this year, my goal is to not brag about doing stupid things in the email I send out asking everyone to chip in and help me raise money to be used to fight diabetes. You'll also noice a re-branding; gone is "Keith's Ride of _ Death" and in its place a whole new set of "Keith's Ride of No Death or Injury and Just Some Exercise and Good Fundraising, 2017"
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For those of you that are new, and unfamiliar with this, every year I do this one significant fundraiser-type thing, which is a big (for me) bike ride, called the Tour de Cure, up in Napa, which raises money for the American Diabetes Association, mostly to try to prevent diabetes and find a cure for those that have it already, but also to help out everyone whose life has been affected by it. I don't have diabetes myself, but my father has had it for the past ten years or so, and so that really means that the chance of me eventually developing diabetes is higher than average and my doctor told me, a few years back, that technically I'm "pre-diabetes" just because I have a parent with it. I also know plenty of other people who have it. Nobody likes it, I'm told, and I can understand why. So, I've signed up to ride in this annual fundraising bike ride ( because it's exercise, and thus good for me ) and ask everyone I know to kick in money. Loretta's also going up; she's been volunteering around the camp, doing things like helping register folks and answer questions / coordinate volunteers / etc.
As I do, I'm and another mystery party are matching every dollar donated to this campaign, so effectively every dollar you donate results in $3 going to the ADA. And I'll send a postcard to everyone that donates to me, and I'll write your name on the big flag that I fly from the bike. I may do other stuff as well, like I have in years past.
So, wrapping up, I'd again appreciate anything you could afford to contribute to this cause. You can donate to me at , where they'll gladly take contributions via credit card. If you'd like to send a check, mail it to me at Keith Stattenfield, 1395 Gazdar Ct, Santa Clara, CA 95051, made out to "American Diabetes Association", and I'll get them sent in too.
Again, thanks! Here's that link again,
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