Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Educate and Enable

The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of action for Ride Ataxia.

First of all, we had our second annual fundraiser in Truckee at Uncle Neal's Cabin. That weekend I went skiing for the second time this year and I had a blast again! This time I tried a bi-ski. My decision to try the bi-ski was a simple one to make for a couple of reasons:

1. Because of the balance issues associated with FA, I felt I would quickly approach a plateau in my skiing ability if I continued to ski standing up.

2. On my way to that plateau I was more prone to injury if I continued to stand. This is a risk I am not willing to take since Ride Ataxia 3 is quickly approaching.

So I tried the bi-ski. I had a lot of fun, those things carve like butter and they hold an edge like an Olympian. However, it was a lot more difficult than I expected. I saw people SHREDDING in the bi-ski and thought that it looked easy and I would be a pro in no time...not so. I took some spills but I had a few good turns too. In the end, I had a great time and I discovered another ability. I will be back!


That night we had our second annual Truckee Fundraiser. Libby and Neal Lacativo held a fundraiser in their cabin. There were more than 60 people in attendance and there was a lot of great stuff including lift tickets, ski lessons, fishing trips, a weekend in Mexico, an Ipod and the list goes on and on...

The set up was intense and took all day. Angela preparing a gift basketRicky on the 'QAllison preparing the soup

It all came together with friends, family and fundraising. Thanks to my dedicated family/team members we raised $5,385 that night. These funds will go straight to the hands of researchers who are on their way to finding a cure for FA.

The best part of the night came when we were collecting donations at the end. One of the guests, Gary, offered to donate an additional $500 if Uncle Neal would go skydiving with me. In the name of research, Uncle Neal agreed and we are going to do it this summer, maybe we'll make it into a skydive-a-thon! Let me know if you're interested...

Thanks to the Lacativo Greene team who are in the lead for total dollars raised on the Ride Ataxia Team Fundraising Page

The Lacativo-Greene team includes:

Neal Lacativo
Libby Lacativo
Kacey Lacativo
Ricky Greene
Angela Greene
Allison Muller

Special thanks to Libby for countless hours spent to make this event truly great. You are making a difference!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks good/fun sorry I'm not going to be with you guys this time.
Spinner

Dynah said...

Yay, the world needs more cool people on bi-skis! You and I are doing our part to help out.

That is fantastic about the fundraiser!

I am interested in skydiving with you...!

Linda J said...

OK, OK ... I'm looking into bi-skiing! You're such a trendsetter, Kyle ... now I own a bike, next I'll be skiing! You continue to motivate from afar! Love you!

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