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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Welcome to the Wheels for a Life Without Lupus Blog

Do I call this Day 1 or Day 34? For now, I think I'll count the days (made on my wife's birthday, July 4th!) since I made the decision to ride my bike to Daytona. Why am I doing this? For everyone suffering from Lupus, a nasty disease my daughter and 1.5 million other Americans have. Why now? Because I've had it with waiting and have to do something. So, I'm going to ride, rabblerouse my way through the backroads of the eastern US and end up at Daytona, Florida, home of the Daytona 500. And, so that I can raise some money as well as some noise, my family decided to sponsor a couple of rear quarterpanels on Brad Coleman's NASCAR at Watkins Glen this weekend. Pretty cool. We'll launch and introduce the Ride and Lupus to NASCAR. Fans who love racing and love NASCAR are the best. They care. They're real. And, they get hardship. Heading to the Glen on Saturday to fire up this gig. Bringing my daughter with me. To get ready for this Life without Lupus Ride at the end of November, I'm banking 200 miles/week but need to double that by the Ride. Early, dark mornings are the rage to train right now. So quiet. My legs aren't screaming anymore, so the training is more enjoyable although I need to find more hills. It's tough getting up, but I think about Brad's race this weekend and take a look at my Life without Lupus orange bracelet and know exactly why I'm doing this.


OpenID fschoenhut said...

All the best to our good friend. We will be thinking about you while you are training and creating a greater awareness. God bless you all... The Schoenhut Family

August 7, 2008 10:46 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

I love you, Daddy!

August 7, 2008 10:47 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Never an obstacle you can't handle.
I will be thinking of you and praying for your safety every mile along the way.

August 7, 2008 12:12 PM  
Blogger Lou and Mary said...

Chris, this is a wonderful thing you are doing. Lou and Mary

August 7, 2008 4:16 PM  
Blogger shelly and bartz crew said...

Chris...we are so proud of you! You are amazing!
We love you,
Shelly and Kev
Danny, Em and Michael

August 7, 2008 7:56 PM  
Blogger shelly and bartz crew said...

Dad would be so proud of you too.

August 7, 2008 7:57 PM  
Blogger Sally Paradysz said...

As your Mom and Allie's Grandmother, I understand your passion for this "Ride". Giving of yourself is the truest gift and the truest effort.

May God's hands be on yours the entire ride!

I love you,

August 8, 2008 4:42 AM  
Blogger mary mcdougall said...

Congratulations for telling people in your country about lupus and its affects. My country Australia, particularly my state of Queensland don't tell anyone about lupus, and I've had to struggle to make doctors and specialists to even be aware of its effects.
All the best to your daughter and family over the years and the example you are giving to others, all over the world. All the best for your nascar events

August 8, 2008 2:36 PM  
OpenID debidancemom said...

Thank you so much for doing this ride and raising awareness!!!! I am surviving lupus one day at a time and I will be praying for you and your daughter!!!! God Bless You!!!!

August 8, 2008 2:43 PM  
Blogger Lenayah said...

I have lupus , am in remission. Angie, keep active and only take to the couch when you have to! I ride horses not bikes, but I'm behind you!

August 12, 2008 7:15 AM  
Blogger Chris Paradysz said...

Lenayah: Thx for responding - pls stay connected and keep up. We're trying to get the media excited too, so we'll see just how much trouble we can stir up! My daughter rides horses, too. Good luck in your riding.

August 12, 2008 8:48 AM  

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