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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Dear EpicSki Bears,

Good news and bad news.

First the bad news: Due to my own poor health and unforeseen events, I am just starting this work and have only until June 1, 2007 to complete it. I just want to give this my best shot, and Iā€™m counting on you to help me, as so many of you did last year.

Now the good news: I recently accepted the challenge of riding in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fund-raising event. I am taking part in this event ā€“ to the extent permitted by my health ā€“ because I believe in and support the Association's mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

You, too, can help by supporting my fund-raising efforts with a generous contribution. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference to more than 20 million Americans who are affected by diabetes and another 40 million who are at risk for developing diabetes. It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause - you can make your donation online by simply clicking the link at the bottom of this message. If you would prefer, you can also send your tax-deductible contribution to me at the address listed below.

Your support of Tour de Cure helps the American Diabetes Association provide valuable services on a daily basis, especially during times of personal and national crisis. More information on the American Diabetes Association, its programs, and diabetes in general can be found at the Association's Web site: www.diabetes.org. To find out more information on Tour de Cure, please visit tour.diabetes.org.

Whatever you can give will help! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress. Scroll through the whole message to see how you can help.

Sincerely,

oboe (a/k/a Bennett Greene)
To donate online, click here.
If this link does not send you directly to my personal fund-raising page, please cut and paste the entire link, from beginning to end, into your Web browser and hit return.
To mail a donation:
Make all checks payable to: American Diabetes Association
Mail to: Bennett Greene
8 Locust Lane
Essex Junction, VT 05452-4333

Thank you.
post #2 of 14
Good cause, and I've always gotten a lot from your ski reviews here. This is an easy way to give back. Good luck with the ride.
post #3 of 14
Good for you!
A worthy cause, indeed!
post #4 of 14
Way to go Oboe. We'll help.
post #5 of 14
Ben -- As with last year, I am happy to donate to this cause and would ask other Bears to consider doing the same.

As some of you know, my younger daughter, Daria, is a type 1 diabetic who was diagnosed 6 years ago (during a ski trip, no less!). For those of you unfamiliar with diabetes, this is a disease that can affect anyone, and results in the afflicted person's body being unable to process sugars. Without proper treatment, an individual with type 1 diabetes will die. Even with proper treatment, a diabetic person is more prone to blindness, nerve damage, loss of limbs due to poor circulation and resulting amputation, and kidney failure (among other things).

My daughter has to watch her diet and blood sugar in order to stay healthy (no mean feat for any diabetic, much less a 17 year old). She has to poke herself with a needle to test her blood sugar 6-10 times a day, and has to inject herself with insulin 4-6 times per day. When her blood sugar is too high or too low, she appears to be in a daze, and has been accused of being drunk or inattentive.

In addition to maintaining her health, Daria has to put up with frequent questions from strangers about what she is doing with all the needles (some polite inquiries, and some quite rude).

Through all of this, Daria has excelled in school, plays varsity sports (soccer and gymnastics) and rips as a skier -- she will ski nearly anything anytime.
She contributes to Diabetes awareness with speaking engagements, and raises funds for the ADA as well.

Ben, I applaud you for engaging in this ride, and hope more will contribute.

And now, I step off my soapbox.
post #6 of 14
Best of luck raising funds and on your ride.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you all who have made contributions either on line or by mail. VERY much appreciated. Official receipts will be sent.

I really do regret having to start my own campaign so late this year, but better late than never. My health is improving, and I'll probably be riding the 25k. Under more favorable circumstances, I would have prefered the 50k.

Again, to those who have made contrbutions, my heartfelt thanks. To those who have not and wish to, I have until June 1st to wind up my campaign.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
More good news and bad news.

Good news: The campaign has done well, fro which i thank all of you who have participated. For online donations, it's still possible to participate today. Tomorrow is the Tour de Cure - and I'll be there!

Bad news: I will not be riding a bike. On Wednesday, my primary care physician sent to the ER. My son drove me in, and wifey eventually retrieved my sad-ass body.

But anyway: I will be there in person and on the Tour in spirit, and the cause will be served.

But, dang: I wish I could ride.
post #9 of 14
Sorry to hear about your troubles. I enjoyed visiting with you this winter and wish only the best for you. My impression was that you a one hell of a great guy . I know others have the same view so it's no mistake.
Get well and ease back on that bike when you can . But slowly and carefully.

I am happy to help your cause.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you, Garry. I enjoyed your company at ESA too. The last six months have just happened to have been rough for my health, but hey - all things considered, I'm a lucky guy to have lived the life I've lived and to have met so many terrific and interesting people through EpicSki. Is this a great place, or WHAT?!
post #11 of 14
Feel/get better, Ben.
post #12 of 14
Oboe,
Wish you the best. Your outlook in life says it all.

Wai
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
THANK YOU, all, and Chanwmr, your online donation was posted at 11:30 pm last night. I called the Vermont ADA to see how this works and asked about the timing. I was told - and you learn something new every day - that I can have until July 1, 2007 to have all donations collected and turned in.

If you're so inclined, the easiest way to make a contribution is online by clicking on the link below. You also could mail a check if that works better for you.

I was present with my team but was unable to ride. We have a group photo which I'll try to get posted, and our team captain later had his photo taken wearing a photo of his aunt who died of diabetes three years ago.

I'm hoping to ride next year, but even if I can't ride on the Tour, I'll still be working for de Cure.



Bennett

To donate online, click here.
If this link does not send you directly to my personal fund-raising page, please cut and paste the entire link, from beginning to end, into your Web browser and hit return.
To mail a donation:
Make all checks payable to: American Diabetes Association
Mail to: Bennett Greene
8 Locust Lane
Essex Junction, VT 05452-4333
Thank you.
post #14 of 14
Do we need to organize a ride to benefit Bennett? I'd ride for that!

I hope they can find your way to good health again. It sucks to be less than 100%!!
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