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Dear Friends, Family, Associates & Sponsors,

At 41 years of age, some may say I’m having a “mid-life” crisis. I’ve dusted off my bicycle, and on November 18th, I will be racing in Arizona in the El Tour de Tucson, a 109 mile race!

However, my motivation for training for this event is truly a special cause. I have joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their pursuit to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma.  In 1960 the survival rate for leukemia was just 4%, today it is almost 85%. Although research has made incredible gains, there is still no cure.  In fact, leukemia continues to be the leading cause of death in young children.  Actually, more than 1,000 Americans of all ages die each week as a result of leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.

I have become part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training (TNT) and have agreed to take on this incredible challenge.  TNT is the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports training program and the Society’s premier fundraising event. Each year people like us are able to raise millions of dollars that helps the continuing efforts to find a cure. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised will go directly to cancer research, patient and community services, advocacy, and education.

When I first heard of the TNT program and decided to attend an organizational meeting, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found were incredible, inspiring people and stories. Many times in that first meeting I was choking back tears. I also met 2 courageous people who have been in battle with these diseases and are winning to save their lives.  These 2 people are the team’s “honored teammates”.  They will be cycling with me, in my heart, as I compete in Tucson.

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One of them is Grant Pekuri. Grant is a ten year old from Boise. He was seven years old when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Grant has had 35 months of treatment and now is in a phase of treatment called Long Term Maintenance.  This treatment consists of daily, weekly, and monthly chemo, five days of steroids per month, and a spinal tap every 12 weeks – he has 3 more spinal taps to go. He is scheduled to be off treatment in October of 2006 and at that time he will be eleven years old. Life for the Pekuri’s  will never be the same. A diagnosis of cancer affects everyone in the family, not just the patient. As Grant’s mother Lynne said, “if a mother’s tears could heal, there would be no more kids with cancer”.  That really got to me.

Jill Korn was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease the day after her 28th birthday in August 2003.  Jill has undergone extensive treatment and has been proclaimed “clean” on 2 occasions, only to have her cancer return. Thanks to a bone morrow match with her brother, she has had a transplant, and on her most recent scan, she has again tested “clean”.  She is now in her longest remission to date.


And while our whole TNT team will be riding for these courageous individuals, I have a more personal connection to Leukemia.  Kimi’s Aunt - Judie Wilde (Jim’s sister) is battling Leukemia as well. While I will be riding to honor Grant and Jill, I am dedicating my race to Aunt Judie.

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Aunt Judie is one of the most kind and caring people that I know.  She has a genuine interest in everyone she meets. I know that her treatments are hard on her, but her spirit is just as loving as I have always known it to be.  Judie is always so thankful for everything that she has been given.  I’m sure she gets down sometimes, but I haven’t seen this. It is her positive spirit and her love of and faith in her Lord that I will carry with me as I complete my challenge. The physical challenge that I face is nothing compared to the life-threatening battle facing each of these extraordinary individuals.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?  This program is a fantastic fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  I know, you donate to many worthy causes. But I ask that you would also support this endeavor.  I ask that you would support me as I train and compete to honor those who are battling cancer.

MY GOAL. To participate in this event, I need to raise $3700.00.  But that is the minimum and I’m not going through all of this for a minimum. So I have set my personal goal at double what is needed - $7400.00! It is an aggressive goal, but all you people are so fantastic that I know we will make this goal together. Of course, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a non-profit organization and your donation is 100% tax deductible.  Remember, any donation will help with the goal. I would also like to collect all contributions by September 1st, 2006. I can still receive donations after this date, but I would like to be concentrating on my training and not worrying about the donations. CLICK HERE FOR MY DONATION PAGE.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support. With your generous help I know that we can live up to the TNT motto - “SAVING LIVES – ONE MILE AT A TIME”! And while I thank each of you for your donation, I would also like to thank my family for their support and encouragement. Kimi has been great about letting me have the time to train, and Hunter, Holden, and Heston are all excited and curious about what Dad is doing wearing Lycra shorts!  It is great to have such a wonderful family.

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VERY Sincerely,

Rich Montgomery


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