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Let’s support Chris!

Posted Mar 21 2009 3:20pm

I received a message from Chris Paradyz asking me to share with you my dear readers his efforts in cycling for a cause. Cause to have a life without LUPUS. Of course with such a noble advocacy how can I say no. So here it is.

But before I share with your the email of Chris I would like to introduce him to you by posting his picture and quoting what he wrote in his website.

chris-bike-2 “Why am I riding? Because I’ve had it with sitting on the sidelines. Research needs urgency, and there’s nothing like making some noise to get people’s attention. The doctors and researchers love it, and they’re fighting to find treatments and a cure. But, the patients, their loved ones, families are the stars…and, I’m doing this for them. For my daughter. One mile at a time!”

And here is Chris email to me:

I’m writing to ask you to post my cycling blogwww.lifewithoutlupus.org/blog.

The blog details my training efforts as I prepare for an attempt to break the current 24-hour track record at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center near Allentown, Pennsylvania. The current record of 391.29 miles (629.72 kilometers) is held by Kurt Bond, of Orefield, PA.

I’ve been blogging my training since last summer, when I decided to try and break the record. I should tell you that up until that point I was just a normal dad with a few extra pounds who liked to ride his bike on the weekends. But my oldest daughter convinced me I needed to take on a big, new challenge.

She’s in college now, but has been living with lupus since she was in grade school. It’s a terrible disease that had caused her immune system to go out of control, wreaking havoc on her entire body, causing long hospital stays, and a lot of scary sleepless nights for her mother and me.

But now that we’re out of the woods and Allie is off at school, I’ve decided it’s time to do something on behalf of the 1.5 million Americans who are bravely battling lupus each day. I know that no matter how much sweat, pain and suffering this attempt may cause me, it’s nothing compared to lupus. But perhaps in my quest, I can raise some money and awareness for an organization leading the fight for a cure: The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation.

With my websitewww.LifeWithoutLupus.organd my blog, I want to educate people about lupus and encourage them to pledge their support to the cause. Lupus needs awareness and attention – and I can only hope that my squeaky bike wheels get the grease. I believe that we’re just $1 away from a cure – even the smallest amount of money and support could put us over the top, and on the way to a life without lupus. That’s our hope; that is our goal.

Please share my blog and story with your readers. Through my weekly entries, other cycling enthusiasts can share the high intensity training and grueling work as I near the date of the record attempt.

In addition to my blog, information about the ride and fundraising efforts can be found on my Facebook pages. I am also posting video updates on my training progress atYouTube.com/ChrisParadysz.

Thanks for your consideration!
Sincerely,
Chris Paradysz

Let’s all support Chris in his effort by cheering him on through his blog. Drop him a comment!

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