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Posting Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Subject: TOH: Tour of Hope Whirlwind

Life has been crazy. I had a terrific trip to Colorado; although, like the trip to Princeton, I came back exhausted. It turns out I am a much better climber than I would have expected. We did a mountain time-trial and I expected to get to the top just as the rest of the team was finishing breakfast. Well, it went much better. It is not really a competition between us, as those behind will likely be the big guns in the flats. However, it was a good reality check for me that my training is on track.

I have been doing a lot of speaking. There were two local interviews on back-to-back days at the end of June. Then last week, a few of us flew to NYC and were on the Today Show! Al Roker interviewed me flanked by three of my teammates and Ron Williams from last year's team. Others made appearances on Good Day New York and WABC. We all then were interviewed and rode through Central Park with a journalist from NPR.

But training has been hard and I hit the wall last week. I have been getting tired and sore. Then last Monday, my sister Catherine and brother-in-law Scott lost Scott's mother to pancreatic cancer. Karen fought a courageous battle for 11 months. She took charge of her treatment, had the latest chemotherapy available and was one of the first to have Cyberknife surgeries on a pancreas in the country. They told her she had less than three months to live last August. Once again, statistics were wrong. HAVE HOPE!

Karen fought with hope and determination, and died with Hope eternal. She showed us all that there is always hope.

I continue to keep my focus on the goal. Sitting next to me on the last flight was a nice couple from Napa who noticed my helmet and stack of Lance Armstrong magazines and asked me all about it. It turns out that he had lost his brother to cancer, and neither of them had any knowledge of clinical trails. They were dumbfounded to learn that there were cutting edge treatments available today that many do not hear about. Nobody championed the possibility of clinical trial participation for them. We are on a mission to change all this.

Be well, Live Strong and God Bless.

Jim