Meet Your 2017 Arthritis Bike Classic – Oregon Fundraising Mentors!Our Fundraising mentors are all veteran cyclists of the ABC-OR, each year they return to ride with greater enthusiasm and spirit than the year before. We know that fundraising can be a challenge and we want to help! Your 2017 Fundraising Mentors are here to do just that. From ideas for fundraising events and activities, to helping craft the perfect letter. Each one of our mentors has had great fundraising success and wants to share their expertise with you! For fundraising assistance please contact the mentor of your choice via their email or contact Allison Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with a mentor in your area.
Now signed up for a 5th Arthritis Bike Classic, I'm looking forward to seeing some new territory in Oregon! I've done the San Francisco to Los Angeles tour as well as the Oregon tour for the last three years. I'm an avid road cyclist as well as mountain bike rider. Why do I ride? My mom has been struggling with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for 25 years. At the time she was diagnosed, the treatment for RA was limited. As a result, the disease has wreaked havoc on most of her joints, causing permanent destruction and deformation. The good news is that the Arthritis Foundation has supported research into new treatments and there are many great options for people being diagnosed today with RA so that they will never experience the same kind of deformation and destruction.
Hi, I’m Dave Hall. I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) when I was 28. I had a skiing accident 4.5 years earlier. I spent a lot of time in physical therapy but no one mentioned arthritis and everyone overlooked the symptoms. Those years were lousy! I was in chronic pain, my activity level plummeted, and my outlook on life was dim. It was just by chance that a friend recommended I see a specialist and before I knew it I had a diagnosis. My pain finally had a name. When I received my first treatment for AS my life changed. I was able to walk without pain and slowly worked my way back to an active lifestyle. I haven’t turned back.
I participate in this ride to raise awareness for the hundreds of children and adults I have met over the years who have more severe arthritis than I do and who can’t ride a bike due to their condition. I ride to raise money for research, advocacy, Fellowship programs, and camps for kids. I ride because I can and because I have a story to tell.
I’d love to help you find your story and coach you to become a great fundraiser.
I have ridden the Arthritis Bike Classic in Oregon 7 times. I have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome that affects my collagen and my joints. I run a support group in the Seattle area for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I have been cycling for about 8 years.