My twenty-two year-old daughter Zoe has signed up to ride a bike with Team Pablove from San Francisco to Los Angeles this October. She needs to raise $6,000 in donations for Pablove to participate in the ride. If you can help her out, please do by clicking here.
Why should you?
Well, I can think of two very good reasons:
Firstly, Pablove Across America has raised more than $1.5M to fund pediatric cancer research and improve the lives of kids living with cancer through music and art. It was started by our friends Jo Ann Thrailkill and Jeff Castelaz. Jo Ann and I go back to when I first moved to LA and we were both single parents. Jeff is currently the President of Elektra Records but we first met when he managed Scapegoat Wax, a band on Grand Royal, where I worked at the time. Reading Jeff’s blog as Jeff and Jo Ann lost their son Pablo to cancer at age six added faces and names to childhood cancer. Watching Jo Ann and Jeff channel their grief into Pablove has been inspiring. I dunno about you but knowing and loving the folks spending the money you’re donating gives me peace of mind.
Second, this is the latest in Zoe’s fitness transformation. Zoe graduated from MIT last June weighing 185 pounds. As of today she’s a grad student at Stanford and weighing in at 142 lbs. (I checked, she said she didn’t mind my telling you this if I thought it would increase the odds of you donating to her Pablove page.) Over the last year she ran her first 5K (San Francisco, June 2012), 10K (Palo Alto, October 2012), and half marathon (South Bend, March 2013). She’s become a five-day-a-week CrossFit addict (shout out to Amity CrossFit in Palo Alto) and turned her diet 180 degrees. This morning, without specific training, she stepped out to run a 10K race for fun and bested her time from last fall by four minutes.
For the last five years Zoe has watched the Pablove Across America team trek across the country from afar. Every year she says, “I’m joining them on that ride someday.” This year, as their journey is taking them from The Bay Area (where she lives) to Los Angeles (where she grew up), she decided to jump on. But that meant buying an inexpensive road bike with money from her savings (done) and learning how to ride it, too (still getting comfortable). She’ll be training as much as possible the rest of summer and into the autumn. The ride is in October.
As dad, I’ll admit the idea of her training on the roads has me worried sick. But there’s nothing more I can do to talk her out of this so here I am being supportive. I hope you will be, too.