For some time now I have been contemplating what I ultimately hope to contribute to "society". Two years of exhaustive studying for my M.B.A. combined with copious quantities of coffee, frozen pizzas and nominal amounts of sleep had taken a toll on my physical being. I wanted to do something that would allow me to get back in shape and at the same time let me contribute to others' lives. My approaching graduation provided a transition to the next stage in my life, and the period in between the diploma and a flexible employer proved to be an ideal time to take advantage of another passion: traveling.

As I considered these three interests, I saw the unique opportunity to combine them into a long distance bicycle trip to raise money for a good cause. Having spent most of the last decade living and working outside of the United States, I viewed a cross-country trip as an excellent chance to reacquaint myself with my country. Things fell into place when I discovered that 2003 was the beginning of the bicentennial celebration of Lewis & Clark's journey and that a route closely following the trail was being developed. Reading Stephen Ambrose's Undaunted Courage, the story of Lewis & Clark's memorable travels solidified my desire to follow this route.

My decision to ride for cancer was easy. I have lost several friends and family members to the disease. When we consider the statistics it becomes apparent how far-reaching the disease is. In the United States alone, it is expected that over 1500 people a day will die from cancer in 2003. Cancer accounts for 1 of every 4 deaths in the United States and is second only to heart disease as the number one killer in the U.S. My resolve to make a difference is absolute.

The final piece of the puzzle fell into place when I discovered the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong established the nonprofit organization in 1997. As a cancer survivor and world-renowned cyclist, his accomplishment's inspired me. My hope is to make a positive impact on the world of cancer survivorship and research by raising funds and awareness for the foundation. I encourage you to visit the Lance Armstrong Foundation's website www.laf.org to learn more about the organization and to surf my website to learn more about the trip.

Help me make a difference. Donate to the cause; your contributions will go to support the survivorship programs and cancer research of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. On behalf of those who benefit from the Foundation, thank you.

Last Update: September 29, 2003