Less than 3 days until the Autoimmune Expedition begins. I’m really excited to finally get going after 8 months of planning, preparing, and training. Of course, I’m also a little nervous. I wonder how my body will hold up after consecutive days of hard efforts, climbing at altitude, and enduring summer heat. Only one way to find out…
I have loaded my bike, and it’s a little discouraging how heavy it is. Oh well. I will just have to grind away slowly and rest well when I can. I don’t want to end up at the base of Mount Rainier completely burned out. I’ll just keep telling myself “one more pedal, or one more step”. I am excited that I could be standing on the summit of Rainier in just over a week!
My fundraising efforts have been successful so far. It’s amazing how challenging it is to raise money. There are so many worthy causes out there. If I can contribute a little to research I will be happy, but I’m even more focused on simply raising awareness of these rare autoimmune/ arthritis diseases. Little is known about these conditions, but increased awareness will go along way to getting more support.
I hope everyone will stay tuned to this blog during the trip. I will try and update as often as I can throughout the trip. Thanks for all your support and encouragement.
The kick off party on June 26th was a success. There were around 60 people in attendance. Thanks to everyone who came and gave generously to the cause!
Special thanks are in order for my Mom (Jane Marshall) who baked most of the food for the evening, my wife Marie who helped on all fronts, and my friends and trip companions Steve and Sarah who helped at the door. Thanks also to Andrew and Christine, Tyler Norton, and everyone who helped spread the word.
I would also like to thank Mark and Showcase Snowboards who kindly offered to host the party at the shop. They donated the venue, staff time for 3 employees, a Whistler bike park pass for a door prize, and 25% of all clothing sales from the evening ($155). We also had great door prizes from MEC, Cactus Club, ArcTeryx, Rocky Mountain, Steed Cycles, G3, Moja Coffee, Red Truck Brewery, Bridge Brewery, and Xoxolat Chocolaterie. The 50/50 winner also walked away with $245!
A table of door prizes
Great venue at Showcase Snowboards
The Autoimmune Expedition kick off party is scheduled for Wednesday June 26th.
It will be at the Showcase Snowboard, Skate, and Surf Shop in Vancouver (W. 4th and Burrard Street) from 7-11 pm. Everyone is welcome!!
Tickets are $10 at the door (gets you one free drink). There will be a 50/50 draw, beer from Red Truck Brewery, wine, snacks, music. There will also be great door prizes from a number of generous local businesses (MEC, ArcTeryx, G3, Rocky Mountain, Steed Cycles, Cactus Club, Moja Coffee, Bridge Brewery, etc).
I hope to see everyone there.