Riding for a Reason

Changing the world, one mile at a time


In no particular order, here is a list of the potential charities that I will be riding for next year.  Please read through what they are all about and don’t forget to vote!

Leukemia and Lymphoma Societylogo_lls60

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. LLS’s mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since the first funding in 1954, LLS has awarded more than $600 million in research funding.

Mission and Goals

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS): Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS has dedicated itself to being one of the top-rated voluntary health agencies in terms of dollars that directly fund our mission.

Strategic Plan: 2008 – 2011

The North Star 2015 Vision describes a future which LLS’s volunteers and staff aspire to create. It is a future in which LLS will have transformed the lives of people with blood cancer and the healthcare landscape that patients and their families and caregivers navigate.

The following highlights the changes our organization must make in order to advance toward the Vision outcomes. These changes will transform our missionarea programs, our revenue generation model and the culture of our organization.

The organization will significantly increase its annual net revenue by adding new strategies to its revenue-generating practices:

  • Diversify LLS’s revenue sources by making donor development an organization-wide priority
  • Identify and develop new income streams outside traditional donor development and campaign models
  • Grow Canadian resources
  • Continue to grow priority campaigns and develop product and market extensions

In order to achieve all of the above changes, LLS will transform its culture and become a world-class volunteer and staff organization. We will:

  • Integrate the Vision into all aspects of LLS’s work, ensuring that it guides all of the activities of our staff and volunteers
  • Develop superior capabilities in staff and volunteers through emphasis on selection, training, development and education
  • Form strategic collaborations and partnerships
  • Increase effectiveness of all staff and volunteers through better application of technology
  • Across the organization, implement programs that diversify the populations comprising our patients, staff and volunteers

Substantial increases in funding for mission programs during 2008-2011 will allow us to:

  • Accelerate the development of new therapies
  • Increase participation in blood cancer clinical trials
  • Provide navigation assistance to patients at all points in their cancer journeys
  • Make services and information available to 50 percent of all patients within 30 days of diagnosis


Related Links
History (1949 – 2009) – Celebrate 60 years of innovation with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by sharing your story.

Donation Breakdown

From LLS, in 2008, the donation breakdown was as follows:

Research                                               28%    $77 million
Patient/Community Svc                28%    $78 million
Public Health Education                 15%    $42 million
Professional Education                      3%    $8 million
Mgmt                                                         9%
Fundraising                                          17%   

Lance Armstrong Foundationlaftoplogo

The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) believes that in the battle with cancer, unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong, the LAF inspires and empowers people with cancer. We provide the practical information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms. We take aim at the gaps between what is known and what is done to prevent suffering and death due to cancer. We unite people to fight cancer and pursue an agenda focused on: prevention, access to screening and care, improvement of the quality of life for cancer survivors, and investment in research.

The Manifesto of the Lance Armstrong Foundation

We believe in life.
Your life.
We believe in living every minute of it with every ounce of your being.
And that you must not let cancer take control of it.
We believe in energy: channeled and fierce.
We believe in focus: getting smart and living strong.
Unity is strength. Knowledge is power. Attitude is everything.
This is the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

We kick in the moment you’re diagnosed.
We help you accept the tears. Acknowledge the rage.
We believe in your right to live without pain.
We believe in information. Not pity.
And in straight, open talk about cancer.
With husbands, wives and partners. With kids, friends and neighbors. And the people you live with, work with, cry and laugh with.
This is no time to pull punches.
You’re in the fight of your life.

We’re about the hard stuff.
Like finding the nerve to ask for a second opinion.
And a third, or a fourth, if that’s what it takes.
We’re about getting smart about clinical trials.
And if it comes to it, being in control of how your life ends.
It’s your life. You will have it your way.

We’re about the practical stuff.
Planning for surviving. Banking your sperm. Preserving your fertility. Organizing your finances. Dealing with hospitals, specialists, insurance companies and employers.
It’s knowing your rights.
It’s your life.
Take no prisoners.

We’re about the fight.
We’re your champion on Capitol Hill. Your advocate with the healthcare system. Your sponsor in the research labs.
And we know the fight never ends.
Cancer may leave your body, but it never leaves your life.
This is the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Founded and inspired by one of the toughest cancer survivors on the planet


At age 25, Lance Armstrong is one of the world’s best cyclists, winning the World Championships, the Tour de Pont, and multiple Tour de France stages.

On October 2, he is diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer which spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain. Lance declares himself a survivor – not a victim – and takes an active role in educating himself about his disease. Armed with knowledge, support and confidence in medicine he undergoes aggressive treatment and beats the disease.

Lance establishes the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The LAF hosts its inaugural fundraising cycling race.

The LAF awards its first research grant.

The LAF hosts its inaugural fundraising gala.

In one of the greatest comeback stories of all time, Lance wins cycling’s most grueling race less than three years after being diagnosed with cancer.  By accomplishing what most thought was impossible, Lance inspires cancer survivors around the world.

The LAF establishes the Founder’s Circle for donors who give $500,000 and more.

The LAF establishes its grassroots fundraising initiative with 150 participants.

The LAF funds cancer survivorship programs at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Ft. Worth, TX, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

The LAF awards its first community program grant to Wonders and Worries in Austin, Texas.

The LAF launches its community program to fund survivorship programs in Central Texas.

Lance is appointed to the President’s Cancer Panel.

The LAF’s community program expands nationwide and funds programs focused on physical activity, adolescents/young adults and survivorship education.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation Endowment is established.

LIVESTRONG.org is launched as an online resource for cancer survivors.

The LAF receives a 5-year cooperative agreement with the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address cancer survivorship in medically underserved populations.

The LAF launches LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare.

The LIVESTRONG wristband and Wear Yellow Live Strong campaign begin.

The LAF’s community program begins focus on palliative and end-of-life care programs and awards first multi-year grants.

The LAF awards its first Young Investigator research grants.

The LAF releases the National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship with the CDC.

The LAF hosts the inaugural Community Program Conference, Building a Community of Hope.

The LAF receives a 4-Star Charity Navigator ranking, with more than 80% of LAF expenses invested in mission-related activities and grants.

The LAF hosts its inaugural LIVESTRONG Day.

The LIVESTRONG Survivorship Notebook is introduced.

The LAF establishes its national partnerships program with other leading cancer organizations.

The LAF sells more than 55 million wristbands.

7,200 grassroots fundraisers raise more than $7 million for the LAF.

The LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network is established with five centers and 15 community affiliates.

The LAF hosts the LIVESTRONG Ride in Portland.

The LAF hosts the LIVESTRONG Gala in New York City.

The LAF reaches out to underserved populations through the Living After Cancer Treatment brochure series.

The LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance is established.

The LAF awards $500,000 to assist survivors affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The LAF hosts the inaugural LIVESTRONG Summit.

Four additional populations are added to Living After Cancer Treatment brochure series.

The LAF releases the report, Closing the Gap:  Research and Care Imperatives for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute.

100 cancer advocates from all 50 states in Washington, D.C., and participants in more than 120 local events across the country urge Congress to make funding for cancer research and programs a national priority on LIVESTRONG Day.

The LAF launches the LIVESTRONG Challenge with runs, walks and rides in 5 cities across the nation.

Expanded LIVESTRONG Day activities with 200 cancer advocates from all 50 states and more than 250 local LIVESTRONG Day events across the country

Led Texans to Cure Cancer efforts to mobilize communities across Texas to pass Proposition 15, constitutional amendment up to $3 billion in state general revenue bonds to fund cancer research, prevention, early detection and control programs; Proposition 15 is the largest state-level investment in cancer research and prevention ever made

Distributed more than 34,500 LIVESTRONG Survivorship Notebooks to cancer survivors

Expanded the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network with the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

Survivorship clinic opened at the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin, Texas

Published the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress Review Group Implementation Report and Action Plan

Distributed more than 261,000 Living After Cancer Treatment brochures

LAF staff presented 10 oral sessions/posters and distributed information about the foundation at more than 20 healthcare-related professional conferences

Held the first-ever LIVESTRONG Presidential Cancer Forum, where six candidates from both parties pledged to renew the war on cancer and to make cancer a national priority

620 grassroots events are held across the country on LIVESTRONG Day

Lance testifies before Senator Ted Kennedy’s Senate Health Committee in support of comprehensive cancer legislation.

Lance joins the four past Surgeons General to announce a National Call to Action on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship.

Second LIVESTRONG Summit held in Columbus, Ohio, including the LIVESTRONG Presidential Town Hall on Cancer

On a nationally televised event, Lance asks Senators McCain and Obama to name three specific things they would do to fight the disease. Both candidates respond. Both presidential candidates release cancer plans for the first time in history.

Lance announces his return to cycling

LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign launched

Donation Breakdown

From Charitynavigator.org, the 2008 donation breakdown is as follows:

Program Expenses                                   77%      
Administrative Expenses                         5%      
Fundraising Expenses                             18%  

Alzheimer’s Associationsubpage_logo_with_tagline

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.   

Our Mission

To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

 Our Vision

 A world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Our Beginning

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association was incorporated on April 10, 1980, with a budget of $75,000 and businessman Jerome Stone as founding president. The seven founding chapters were Boston, Columbus, Minneapolis, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle.

In 1980, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) invested only $13 million in Alzheimer research. Then, in 1982, President Ronald Reagan designated the first National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Week. The Association founded more chapters and started its own research program. Things were beginning to happen.

The Alzheimer’s Association, today a multimillion-dollar organization, has been the catalyst and leader for a generation of advancements in Alzheimer research and care. Our organization’s achievements and progress in the field have given thousands of people a better quality of life and brought hope for millions more.

 Alzheimer’s Association
National Office
225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17 
Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633

Advocacy and Public Policy Division
1319 F Street N.W. Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20004

About our Symbol

The brand of the Alzheimer’s Association represents who we are and what we do. It is both a visual symbol of our dual mission of people and science and a commitment that guides us in our daily work in research, advocacy, education and support.

While we have changed our look over the years, we haven’t veered from our purpose: We are the Alzheimer’s Association and our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

Donation Breakdown

From Charitynavigator.org, the 2008 donation breakdown is as follows:

Program Expenses                                   81.1%



Administrative Expenses                        0.9%



Fundraising Expenses                            17.9%


Susan G. Komen for the Curerfctu_SGK_Logo

About Us 

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

 That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

 Our Work

 Susan G. Komen for the Cure is fighting every minute of every day to finally, once and for all, finish what we started and achieve our vision of a world without breast cancer.

Fulfilling the Promise

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested more than $1.2 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Breast Cancer Then and Now

Since 1982, Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:

  • More early detection – nearly 75 percent of women over 40 years old now receive regular mammograms, the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early (in 1982, less than 30 percent received a clinical exam).
  • More hope – the five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98 percent (compared to 74 percent in 1982).
  • More research – the federal government now devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).
  • More survivors – America’s 2.5 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S., are a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives.

Seeing it Through

Invigorated by our 25th anniversary in 2007, we have realigned our resources, refocused our research efforts and recommitted to finally, once and for all, finish what we started. And because so many millions of people are counting on us, we will invest an additional $2 billion over the next decade – by 2017 – to do exactly that.

  • Without a cure, 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer – a devastating disease with physical, emotional, psychological and financial pain that can last a lifetime.
  • Without a cure, an estimated 5 million Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer – and more than 1 million could die – over the next 25 years.
  • Without a cure, an estimated 25 million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer – and 10 million could die – over the next 25 years.

Donation Breakdown

From Charitynavigator.org, the 2008 donation breakdown is as follows:

Program Expenses 83.4%    
Administrative Expenses 9.8%    
Fundraising Expenses 6.7%


MSMultiple Sclerosis Society

About the Society

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.

We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

  • We are moving research forward by relentlessly pursuing prevention, treatment and cure.
  • We are moving to reach out and respond to individuals, families and communities living with multiple sclerosis.
  • We are moving politicians and legislation to champion the needs of people with MS through activism, advocacy and influence.
  • We are moving to mobilize the millions of people who want to do something about MS now.

Our Vision and Mission

The National MS Society’s vision is:
A World Free of MS.

The Society’s mission is: 
We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.

Core Values

As an organization whose vision is to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, the Society strives to live by a set of core values which guide our work and our actions on a daily basis.


We are passionate in our commitment to people affected by MS. We strive to improve quality of life while searching for the cure.


We are leaders in the vision of a world free of MS. Through creativity and hard work, we accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, promote quality health care, stimulate community resources and services, advocate for favorable government policies, and are the world’s best source of information about multiple sclerosis.


We are honest and straightforward in all that we do. We treat everyone with dignity and respect. We act responsibly with resources entrusted to us. We are accountable and act in accordance with these values.


We set high standards of performance and service delivery, and work toward excellence in everything we do.


We advance the interests of people affected by multiple sclerosis through individual and team achievements. We recognize our volunteers and staff as our most valued resources. We encourage collaboration across organizational boundaries.


Donation Breakdown

From Charitynavigator.org, the 2008 donation breakdown is as follows:

Program Expenses 85.5%    
Administrative Expenses 5.8%    
Fundraising Expenses 8.5%

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