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Multiple Sclerosis 2008 Fundraising Cause


THANK YOU!
!…This note is way over due and I apologize for not sending a thank you note last month for your kind contribution and/or support for the fund raising we took on this year.

Over the course of four months, I not only challenged you, but I also challenged myself to a commitment of fund raising and fitness for those who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.

No, I don’t know anybody personnally who has it, but I figure why wait until I do and why not help now since I/You have the opportunity to do so right.

Through this journey, I learned that two friends have a close relative that has MS, so guess what? They became my focus for raising money and accomplishing the goal even more.

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The goal was simple:
1. Bring awarness about MS and the century ride event:

I did that by having fund raising events at work, at the gym and doing outside activities. I also asked family, friends and corporate donors to help particpate.


Freedom Communication Fund
Raiser event.

2. Be a top money raiser for the “Energy One” MS team.

Though my goal was to be the top level fund raiser, I came in 3rd out of 23 team participants.

The result: $1,573 contributions were made and overall, the team raised 13k!!!


Team Energy One
3. Do a 70.3 Ironman Race – I successfully completed the Texas – Longhorn 70.3 Ironman race in exactly 7:30 (exactly).

For the record, I beat two professionals. The first didn’t finish because his bike broke down and the other pro got a blister during the run…losers!

Also, to prepare for this race, I partcipate in two other Triathlon events: Carlsbad and Camp Pendleton (Sprint races)


Huffing and Puffing Carlsbad Triathlon

4. The week after the Ironman Race – Cycle the MS Century Ride (100 Mile Bike Ride) – Done!


5. After the MS Century Race (following day) – Cycle the 26.2 Long Beach Marathon Course in less than 1h:30m – Done (1h:23m).

LONG BEACH HALF MARATHON
Left to Right:
Carmen, me, Connie, Mike
& my dearest sis and biggest
fan: Mayita.


The two friends that always kick
my butt: Beth and Tammy.
I can’t thank you enough for your contribution and believe me that without your support, there was no way to accomplish all these activities.

You made a difference and I’m sure that the people that receive the funds for this cause are thanking you as well.

Next year, I’ll be at it again, however, I’m going to help raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.


In turn, I decided to raise the bar a little more by signing up for two 70.3 Ironman races (Vineman, in Napa and Brazil) –

Hope you can join me, they are a lot of fun.

Francisco.

INSPIRATIONAL MOMENTS IN IRONMAN

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will;

When the road you’re trudging
seems all uphill;

When the funds are low, and the debts are high

And you want to smile, but have to
sigh;

When care is pressing you down a
bit-

Rest if you must, but do not quit.

Success is failure turned inside out;

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;

And you can never tell how close
you are

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you’re
hardest hit-

It’s when things go wrong that
you must not quit.

“Don’t Quit,” Author Unknown
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