Presentation on theme: "As many of you know, Chris and Nancy participated in the LiveStrong Challenge on October 25th in the cherished memory of our dear friend Fred Vogel. He."— Presentation transcript:
As many of you know, Chris and Nancy participated in the LiveStrong Challenge on October 25th in the cherished memory of our dear friend Fred Vogel. He passed away last November after battling cancer. The day of the ride was Fred’s birthday. Inspired by Fred’s strength and determination, we rode FredStrong!
There were over 6,200 riders, runners, walkers and 900 volunteers who participated in the Austin Challenge. Through the generosity of 38,607 donors, we raised $4 million toward the fight against cancer!
Two of our dear friends, Joni & Julie, graciously joined our team FredStrong to honor Fred’s memory with us. Chris & Nancy peddled for 26 miles, and Joni & Julie hit the 50 mile mark! The FredStrong team raised $2,352 in Fred’s cherished memory. Thank you so much for your donations and wonderful support!
It was a beautiful day for a ride, albeit the 5:30 am alarm was way too early for us! While it was a little chilly that time of day, the temperatures warmed up quickly and topped out at 83 degrees. The fierce wind was a challenge set forth by Mother Nature!! Did anyone say HILL COUNTRY?!
Soon after Fred passed, Fred’s beloved wife Kathleen had given Nancy a bottle of Fred’s Port from the winery where they had first shared it. Sharing late night Port had become a special bond for Fred and Nancy. It was a touching gesture from Kathleen. – Throughout the past year, Chris and Nancy have savored the Port, toasting to Fred with each glass.
The last two glasses in the bottle were poured after the ride to celebrate Fred’s birthday, his life, and living FredStrong. Of course, we had to have chocolates with the Port. With each chocolate, there was a fortune. We are sure we heard Fred’s voice and laughter as we read the fortunes!
Life is precious and an opportunity for you to make every moment count. Go ahead, have another. Embrace life. Be a dark chocolate Diva just for a moment! F ORTUNES TO L IVE F RED S TRONG !