Guest post by Ted Ave'Lallemant

I had a stem cell  transplant at Fred Hutch in 2005 for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Ph+. My bicycle-riding friends and family, affectionately known as Team Sprockets, have been riding for years now to raise funds for leukemia research. Unfortunately, a significant portion of funds raised on previous events went to "administrative costs."

Enter Obliteride, where 100% of funds raised goes directly to research.

None of us can afford a trip to Seattle to actually ride Obliteride. So, I created a "virtual team" for Team Sprockets on the Obliteride website and we rode the "1st Annual Tedstrong Leukemia Ride" this past weekend. Our 24-rider team pounded out 56 hilly miles in scenic, southeastern Wisconsin and raised over $10,000 for the Hutch!! How cool is that?

The concept of riders from all over the country creating their own "sister rides" has such great potential for the Hutch. Even a few riders could do it, collecting local donations for their own local Obliteride. Grassroots. Yay.

Living the dream,

Ted Ave'Lallemant
Deerbrook, WI