David Conrad: The Blue-Eyed Wonder of Pittsburgh


Leukemia & Lymphoma Final Update

Posted by Ms. M on March 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Hey everybody,

Sorry for the ridiculous delay here -- school has left me swamped, so I'm doing a lot of catch up (while I'm supposed to be writing an essay...). Anyway, I just noticed this final update from David's brother Jamie about his fundraising efforts with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so I thought I'd share it with you all. Note, our club got a direct thank you in the first paragraph! :)

On June 3, my brother David, our cousin Lawrence and I rode with the Team in Training crew in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride, a 100-mile extended circle around Lake Tahoe, to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (photo #1 below). LLS has cumulatively awarded over $800 million to find cures for lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma -- almost $77 million just last year. We rode in honor of my brother Philip, who died of lymphoma in November 2011, and so I was really gratified that, aided by David's fan club, I was able to raise $10,630 for that ride -- #1 in the DC area by a wide margin. Including Lawrence, we raised around $20,000, and the Tahoe ride collectively generated over $5 million. 

Phil and I had several memorable adventures in southern Utah (including him teaching me how to ride a mountain bike -- see photo #2 below, from 1994), so when I learned that TNT had another century ride in September around Moab, UT, I signed up immediately. Again, I was amazed by the number of you who contributed -- many of you renewing members -- and I ended up raising another $2,785. (The numbers on the right are confusing -- LLS applied $6,805 to Tahoe and $6,510 to Moab.)

The Moab ride was September 22, and was even more spectacular than the Tahoe route, if that's possible. Photo #3, of me in my bike duds (actually Phil's jersey), is from the 30-mile point, in Dead Horse Point State Park, looking out over the Colorado River. I did a bunch of hiking in Arches and Canyonlands NPs as well, the latter the site of photos ##4-5 below (good thing Kathy and the kids were not there).

The nine months I spent training and riding this year were a moving and transformative experience for me, turning all the grief and anger about Phil's death into a constructive way to fight back against blood cancers and show some solidarity with others similarly affected. All of you who supported me made it possible. Thanks again. I know Phil (photo #6)(my favorite, from Olympic NP, 2007) is proud of us.

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Reply JuliaOz
3:44 AM on March 14, 2013 
Hi Michelle, lovely to hear from you. Hope college is going well. Thanks so much for posting this update. Loss of a family member is something we all experience at one time or another and many people here were more than happy to contribute to the boys' ride. It is so nice for the site to see that acknowledgment as it reminds us that fan communities can make a difference. Jamie's words about the cathartic nature of training and riding are well worth noting. I hope the family is doing okay. Take care and thanks again.

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