I am a big believer in giving back. There are millions of causes out there, and it’s hard to know which ones really invest in the causes you are passionate about. There are regular Facebook posts and news reports related to the shady activities of charities that claim to raise money for worthwhile causes. Some of those reports are more disappointing than others. I am always disappointed when I see reports of funds being mismanaged by organizations claiming to support veterans and children. I wonder how people can exploit the suffering of others and still sleep at night. I sure couldn’t!
Of course, over the past few years, I have been much more aware of charities that support cancer research and families who have been plagued by the disease. I support several of my friends and family members when they participate in various Relay for Life events. can see how these funds are invested back into local communities and supporting them has been very rewarding.
Lately, I have been searching for my own cause to support and have finally found one that not only aligns with my personal mission to help eradicate cancer, but also encourages me to continue my quest toward being more fit in my 41st year than I was in my 31st year. The Great Cycle Challenge raises money toward ending childhood cancers. It challenges riders to commit to riding a set number of sponsored miles in the month of June.
Right now I have committed to riding 100 miles, which is still a little scary to see in print. Mother Nature is not being very cooperative in helping me to get outside to ride, so for now I will have to begin my training indoors on a stationary bike. I’m hoping, if my training goes well, to increase that number to 150 miles by June 1st.
To learn more about the Great Cycle Challenge or to support me with a donation, please visit https://greatcyclechallenge.com/Riders/CameronGrant. Even the smallest donation can help to save a life.