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RTCC Fundraising Update – 2 Months To Go, Almost 50% There

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

So it’s just under 2 months to go until the Ride to Conquer Cancer (read more about my story here), and I’ve raised $1112.10. That’s 44.5% of how much I need to raise in order to ride ($2500), and 34.8% of my goal ($3200). Let’s do a little break down of my donors so far:

  • Those $1112.10 has come from 36 donors, which makes an average donation of approximately $31 per donor.
  • Most common donation amount: $20
  • Most interesting donation amount: $20.10 (given in honour of this year)

Now those goals may seem like a lot to some people, but it’s all about strength in numbers. Every little donation counts and it adds up. For example:

  • If everyone single one of my friends on Facebook donated $10, I would have almost $10,000.
  • If everyone single one of my twitter followers donated $10, I would have $2,860.

All the money that I raise goes directly to the BC Cancer Foundation. All the riders have paid registration fees to cover the costs of the events. So please, donate and help us work towards beating cancer. Tell your family, friends, coworkers, company, tweeps, and just anyone you know and ask them to donate. Any donation is greatly appreciated, whether it’s $10, $50, $100, or more.  You can donate online via credit card here at my personal page, or if you would rather donate via cheque, please email me at hjue87@gmail.com and we can figure out the easiest way to get you a physical pledge form. Thank you very much in advance on behalf of all cancer fighters, survivors, and supporters out there!

**EDIT** You don’t need to be in Vancouver, or even Canada to support this! It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, or what do you! Support this great cause! Every dollar, be it CAD, USD, or otherwise counts!

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RTCC Training Update #2: Les (Homemade) Noms

March 25, 2010 1 comment

So for the past while, I’ve been looking for good recipes for snacks to take with me when I go riding. A few days ago, I came across a simple little recipe and decided to give it a try. They came out pretty well and I predict that I’m probably going to somehow finish all of them (ended up making about 8 squares) by next week. This is only a first run, and there some small-ish adjustments I plan to make for the next batch, but here is the recipe for what I made today.

Original recipe can be found here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oats (I can’t remember exactly what kind I used, as we always empty the big bags we get into jars and I can’t find the big bag anywhere. I think any kind should work though. Let me know the results if you try making these!)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or other chopped dried fruit)
  • 1/2 chopped/crushed peanuts (I used cocktail peanuts and just crushed them by rolling a glass jar over top of them. You could use other nuts if you like too. If you’re allergic to peanuts/nuts, you could probably use soy nuts or something similar.)
  • 1/6-1/4 cup of chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Thoroughly combine egg, vanilla extract, and brown sugar in medium bowl.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients until well combined.
  4. Transfer to small baking pan that you have either buttered or lined with parchment paper (I used parchment paper, as it’s easier to extract the bars after baking and requires less clean up.) Pack firmly.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool.
  7. Divide into portions.
  8. Enjoy.
  9. Ride.
  10. Repeat 8. and 9. until you wonder how you ate them all so quickly.
  11. Repeat. =D

I used a 7×10 baking pan and found that the resulting bars were a little bit too thin for my liking and fell apart a little bit. This might be due to the raisins not really binding things together, so next time I’m going to add fewer raisins and maybe just bake a double batch in the same sized pan to get a thicker bar.

If you happen to try this recipe out, let me know how it goes and how you personalized/customized the recipe. If you have suggestions for me to try, let me know as well!

RTCC Training Update #1: Riding In The Rain

March 21, 2010 1 comment

So today was my first group training ride for The Ride To Conquer Cancer (RTCC). Woke up nice and early to load all my gear and my bike into the car and drive out to Burnaby North Secondary School. We started off with a quick bike clinic on how to change a flat tire (including much needed practice) and how to clean your bike properly (especially since we were going to be riding in the rain and wet conditions). So that took about an hour or so, and then we headed out on our ride (Click here for the route). The rain wasn’t coming down that hard, and luckily it was pretty warm so the ride to the pit stop (turn around point unless you did an extra loop up the hill which I didn’t). The ride out was pretty good, and the group I was riding with definitely made things much more fun. After a short break with the usual fare of oranges, apples, various granola bars (had myself a chocolate + peanut one with fibre and omega 3’s! Nom nom nom), along with water and gatorade, we made the ride back. We were much more dispersed so a lot of the time I was riding by myself, but with the next person in front of me in sight. The last little bit of the ride was the toughest, as it was a gradual uphill for a while (but hey, uphill finish right?). Perhaps the funniest thing was that as I was pulling into the parking lot at the end of the ride, I ran over a smallish piece of glass and got a flat. At least it didn’t happen earlier during the ride eh? All in all it was a fun, great ride (minus all the cleaning I had to do afterwards), and I got to meet a lot of new people. Looking forward to the next one, or just even riding with a group again. Maybe when the weather gets nice, I’ll try to organize a fun little group ride or something. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll send the details your way as well!

Ride To Conquer Cancer

March 16, 2010 1 comment

I still remember the first time I saw a pair of cycling socks at the bike shop near my alma mater that exclaimed “Cancer Sucks!” I remember seeing them, stopping and chuckling to myself, thinking it was pretty funny. More than four years later, when I think about those socks, I still chuckle to myself, but not because I think it’s funny. Rather, because they say exactly what I am thinking. They put the feelings of cancer patients, survivors, and supporters everywhere into two words, bolded and written in white large block letters on black socks. I actually regret not getting a pair while I had the chance.

So what changed? What made those two words change from something funny, to something so meaningful? Well, it all started when my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer, and my dad was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. It took cancer hitting that close to home to really wake me up and show me how devastating it is. Since then, I’ve found out that among my friends, I’m not alone. More people that I had expected had loved ones who were fighting cancer as well, or were actually cancer survivors themselves.

Instead of just standing around and whining about it, I decided to actually do something about it. So this summer, on June 19 and 20, I will be embarking on The Ride To Conquer Cancer. Over those two days, I will be cycling alongside thousands of other riders on a journey from Vancouver, BC, to Seattle, Washington. Our numbers will consist of family, friends, and supporters of cancer patients, as well as cancer survivors. We do not ride for ourselves, but rather for those all those who are, have been, or will be affected in some way by cancer. All the funds we raise go directly to the BC Cancer Foundation to help fund research for better treatments and work towards a cure for cancer. I’ve personally set a goal to raise at least $3200 by the beginning of the ride.

So how can you help?

  1. Register for the ride and join us on this journey.
  2. Donate directly at my personal page. (And don’t forget to see if your employer offers matching for donations). Whether it’s, $10, $20, $100 or more, every dollar helps and is greatly appreciated!
  3. Tell your friends, family, and coworkers about the ride and forward them the link to this page, or my personal page. Word of mouth, email, Facebook, Twitter, they’re all good! You can tweet the following or make your own: “Support @hjue87 in The @RideToConquer Cancer! http://bit.ly/anpfLN”
  4. If you have any ideas on how to fundraise even more let me know!

Thanks in advance for everyone’s support! I’ll keep everyone posted on my training and fundraising progress here on the blog, so be sure to check back!

Here are a couple of videos that tell you more about the ride: