A Great Cause, A Great Ride

I don’t often put out fundraising pleas to this blog, but this is a cause worthy of all the attention I can muster.  As fellow Oklahomans, you know all to well the severe impact that diabetes is having on our community.  As of 2010, more than 10% of the Oklahoma population had been diagnosed with some form of diabetes, far greater than the national average.  That doesn’t even begin to count the large numbers people who have the disease but remain undiagnosed.   Diabetes is, without a doubt, one of the largest health problems affecting our state.

Therefore, I, along with many other riders, will be participating in this year’s Tour de Cure in Mustang. This group ride raises critical funds for the American Diabetes Association.  I will be participating in the 62 mile ride and while that distance is enough to greatly impress my non-cyclist friends, I know my cycling friends are a tougher crowd.  So this year, I am throwing in my first self-contained bicycle tour in many, many years along with my participation in this year’s Oklahoma Freewheel as mileage in support of this cause (here is a rough map).  This along with a training ride I am leading and the Tour de Cure ride will work out to more than 800 miles in three weeks in the name of stopping this disease.

If you can participate, please consider signing up here.  However, if you can’t, any donations to the cause would be so greatly appreciated.  You can donate to my ride here: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/NathanLorenz

Thanks so much for your support!

St. Baldrick's Day 2011

Admittedly, this has nothing even remotely to do with cycling so I hope you’ll forgive the change in subject matter.  In any case, this Sunday, March 27th, at between 2 and 4 PM at VZD’s (4200 N. Western), I will be getting my head shaved in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  This is my second year to participate in this event which raises money for much needed grants for childhood cancer research and I’m gladly taking up their challenge to shave my head not only in solidarity with childhood cancer patients but to also help raise money for this wonderful cause.

I know that this is a hard year for looking for charity donations. Between tough economic times and a year where your donation dollars are needed in so many places such as for the Japan Earthquake relief. However, If you can help at all, please visit my donation page at: http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/RW. You can also donate by calling 888-899-BALD (2253) and donate under participant #454268. Finally, you can download a donation form at: http://www.stbaldricks.org/file/get/f/91ac86c3-2402-43bd-8a55-820e2ab1b958 that you can mail in. Please consider donating if you can. Even one dollar would provide much needed help for this critical research.

Whether donating or not, I would love to meet any of my readers, so if you want to join in a great party, please come out to VZD’s this Sunday. Thanks again for all of your generous support!