Photos from Livestrong 2011

the happy runners

Deanna, Kristin, Christy and Reza after their 10k run!

I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get photos up on the website. We still have more to put up, but you can see a teaser in the sidebar for some of the photos from Saturday’s 5k/10k.
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As I get more photos, we’ll be sure to put them up there. Also, if you see any photos of mine (Wyatt) that you would like to own, just email me and I’ll send you the files.

24 Hour Ride Begins

I'm riding for you Robert, Amber & John!

In a few hours, I will begin my first 24 hour cycling event, 24 Hours of Booty (24 HOB) here in Charlotte, NC. Who knows how many miles I will complete but I will do my very best. Besides… does it really matter? My plan is to ride, drink (non-alcoholic drinks), eat, sleep (a bit) and then repeat the cycle over and over again. It’s going to hurt, for sure, but I’ll have to suck it up!

If you are interested, you can follow as I tweet my experience (that’s right I am now on Twitter) at @wannabeglb.

But more importantly, I am riding the 24 Hours of Booty in honor of 14-year old Amber Cunningham who is currently battling non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, John Raucci who is battling Pancreatic Cancer and in memory of  a childhood friend, Robert McWhorter, who recently passed away (at age 35) from Colon cancer. This is for you guys; I hope to do you proud.

For what it’s worth, I have been asked to be one of the lead riders of 24 HOB; it’s an honor and a privilege that if you can believe it, makes me a bit emotional just thinking of it. To be in a position to do such a thing reminds me of how precious life really is. Very powerful stuff indeed.

Keep on fighting and LIVESTONG!

wannaberiders against cancer: I’m so proud of you for dedicating a part of your life to cancer awareness. Your positivity and steadfastness speaks volumes. Keep up the good work!



Your 2011 Wannabe Riders Jersey!

2011 kit

Here you are, team–your 2011 Wannabe Riders Against Cancer jersey!

I interviewed myself to on how I came up with this year’s design. Here’s how it went down:

Me: How did you come up with this year’s design?

Me: It was pretty easy. Our logo should remain the same year over year, and we got a lot of attention last year as the purple team, so I wanted to keep the purple. I decided to slim us down and add a bit of badass, so black became a dominant color. Then I reversed the logo to white, and, voila!

Me: Will it match last year’s bibs?

Me: You betcha. If you have bibs from last year, perfect. If not, black shorts will look great.

Me: I’m pretty stoked. I think the team will look great!

Me: I couldn’t agree more. I hope the team likes it as much as I do!

Spreading the Wannabe Riders word

LiveStrong boothI attended the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2011 in Chicago, IL this past weekend. Aside from the amazing marketing presence from drug developers and research groups attempting to court those companies, this meeting is also an opportunity for researchers to hear about promising therapies in all types of cancer.

Even more exciting is the opportunity at this meeting for companies seeking to treat and perhaps cure cancers to connect with patient advocacy groups like Livestrong with the intent to spread the word about upcoming clinical trials or newly-approved treatments. I had a chance to meet with the LiveStrong folks to hear what they’ve been working on and let them know that they’re supported by WBRAC!

– Patrick Z.