Susan Led The Charge

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Fridays are usually reserved for lighthearted posts but some bad news arrived yesterday that puts cycling in the background of my thoughts.

If you read this blog there’s a good chance that you were referred here from the Fatcyclist.  Hundreds (and lately thousands) of visitors come from his blog to mine as he was kind enough to put up a CT link.

Regardless, you might have heard of him and his wife Susan’s battle with cancer.  Unfortunately Susan passed away yesterday.  Fatty said it well in his blog:

Susan’s part in the battle is over, but she didn’t lose. She led the charge. She showed the rest of us how to fight: with determination, focus, creativity, and outrageous endurance.

A very good way to look at it.

You might ask why I empathize with the Fatcyclist and Susan when there were thousands of others who died from cancer this week.  Well, for one I’ve been following for a few years now and have seen this whole story unfold. I’ve read his candid blog posts about Susan’s ups and downs and can personally relate as I’ve been through the same type of thing.  If you’ve ever gone through this experience with someone close to you you’ll know that cancer is an horrible disease that you cannot comprehend until you’ve witnessed it first hand.

If any good can come out of this it’s that it has turned the Fatcyclist into a cancer fighting machine. He’s done a phenomenal job at leveraging his popularity to raise massive funds and awareness for cancer research.  What was once a lighthearted cycling blog is now doing some serious good for the world.

Donate as little as $5 to his Livestrong “Team Fatty” as have the chance to win a new kick-ass Orbea electronic Dura-ace bike worth about $30k here in Australia ($9600 in the US).  Every $5 denomination gets an entry to win. Yes, all you Aussies are eligible, just have to pay for shipping.  I’ve already made my donation.

My condolences to Fatty and his family.