Thanks to work, fundraising, training, and outreach, I have neglected this Blog. I need to become much more religious with it going forward. I will try to quickly catch back up over the next few days. The week of 3/28 was another big week ... two new gold level sponsors, almost 200 miles on the road, hit the 350 mark on Facebook - Mark's Trek Across America, as well as several other donations.
I am excited to have Jason Kamps from Woof Designs as a new gold level sponsor. He will help create the "Leo's Legacy" cycling jersey for my 50 day trip. The jersey will also serve as the new team jersey for the annual Trek Across Maine. Logos from all my corporate, platinum, and gold sponsors will be included as well as my Trek Across America logo, the American Lung Association logo, and a nice photo of my father-in-law, Leo Lambert. I expect a few other design additions too. Woof Designs helped design and produce the team jersey for the Baltimore Bicycling Club.
Bruce Katz also joined the gold sponsor ranks with a generous personal donation. Bruce was a few years ahead of me at Stoughton High School. He is a committed cyclist (more of a mountain bike guy) and dad, and works in the IT field with IBM. A big thanks to Bruce and Jason.
Individual Bronze donations are still my bread and butter. Thanks to Nancy Okun-Silverman, Patrick Cushing, and Adam Driscoll for helping push me over the $8,000 mark. Nancy is a good friend of my sister, Amy. Patrick is another road cyclist who will be participating in the Tri-State Trek from Boston to New York on July 23rd through July 25th. His Trek is is a fundraiser to end amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS took my brother-in-law's brother, Stephen Phillips. Another great cause being helped through cycling. Adam is another big cycling story. He is the capatin of my local racing team, Adventures for the Cure (AFC) and has Type 1 diabetes (I have type 2). He and another AFC member, Patrick Blair, won the Race Across America 2-man team competition in 2009. They also went cross country in 2006 on fixed gear bikes and made a great documentary on it. In May, I will ride with AFC at the Tour de Cure to benefit the American Diabetes Association.