The Utah State Championship Series (USCS) is a new 4-race mountain bike series in Utah. The promoters, whom I know well, are all really great guys and decided long before the first race of the series that they wanted to give back to the community. So it was decided that $5 from each entry fee along with money made from an opportunity raffle and Silver Bean coffee sales would be donated to Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Coincidentally my husband is one of the aforementioned 'great guys' and even more coincidentally it was decided that the money be donated to Huntsman Cancer Foundation before I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
So, for the first time ever, I stepped into Huntsman Cancer Institute not as a patient, but as part of a really great group of people donating $5000 to cancer research. There was a giant check and everything.
(Note: I have more hair than 33% of the people in this photo:)
Even cooler was how genuinely excited the Huntsman Cancer Foundation event planners were about the $5000 donation. $5000 is a lot of money, but compared to the millions that Huntsman donates, it is pocket change. Regardless, the sincere appreciation made it seem like a million was donated. We were also reassured that 100% of the $5000 would be used for cancer research.
I hope that the USCS continues to grow and is able to increase the donation next year. This year a brick on the 'path of hope' will mark the USCS donation. Maybe in a few years it will be a hospital wing. Better yet, bikes for the fitness center.