21
Feb
09

Just another burly biker? No, its super “Chopperguy”!

     I love the idea of blogging. It gives me that awesome opportunity to just talk about whatever I want! I might want to talk about that bike or this lock or that event. But, not this time. This time its something serious and its definitely not about my thoughts. And, so I hand the spotlight over.

     I would like to take advantage of this space to tell someones story. Its about a little boy named Blake Howard Wayland. This is what his stepfather had to say about him: http://www.chopperTNT.com

      

In 2004, Blake was what we thought was a normal healthy kid, playing roller Hockey in Ashland for the Vipers and football for the Kanawha Redskins. He also played basketball for a Glen Allen summer team and in July, participated in the JMU Summer Basketball Camp.

He enjoyed Trick Bike riding, Skate Boarding, Riding his Dirt Bike, shooting, hunting, fishing and most outside activities. He was also a pretty darn good golfer (Thanks to his mom and dad).

The week of August 23, 2004, Blake got a fever for a few evenings, but was active and unaffected during the day. After a trip to the pediatrician for what we thought was strep throat, we were told we had to get to MCV hospital as soon as we could because he could possibly have Leukemia. That week he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He had no signs of the disease, and within 4 days of entering the hospital, he was in the pediatric ICU on a respirator, clinging to life.

After a hard fight, on March 1, 2005, Blake lost his courageous battle with Leukemia.————————————————————————————                                                  
     Now, you might wonder where I heard this story as I searched for motorcycle information on the Internet.  It was on twitter.com  while I was surfing around, trying to find people to make my friends. Of course, I was looking for other motorcycle enthusiasts which was why I found someone named “Chopperguy”. Imagine my surprise when the link for this guy is to a sight that is all about running for Leukemia and raising money to stop it in its tracks, all in the name of his little stepson, Blake. There was no leather, no chrome, just the cause. Just this man that has the name to make you think of the big, burly, bad-ass biker. A man that must have a heart that is so broken, and is willing to take on the pain of training for a run that is over 13 miles long to support a boy that is gone but never forgotten. Makes me tear up, I can’t lie.
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     Here is the challenge that “Chopperguy” has for us all…..

Why are YOU here? To help me make a difference. Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS’s mission. All donations are tax deductible and go directly to LLS and are recorded in my account! Corporate and company matching donation are also welcomed!

Although you can donate any amount you choose, my goal is to raise at least $4.00 per mile from each of my donors. That’s $52. Anyone contributing $100.00 or more will have their name and/or company name on a shirt that I will wear at the start of the race! Also, your donation is tax-deductible!

If you would like to donate, you can do so online by using the tool in the left menu. If you don’t want to do so online, a check can be made out to “LLS” and sent to the following address:

LLS

Attn: Chopperguy

P.O. Box 8432

Richmond, VA 23226

You can also help by sending the following web address to everyone on your mailing list: http://www.chopperTNT.com

I am completing this event in honor of Blake and all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line – a cure!

I hope you will visit my web site often.

Thanks for your support!

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” == Frank Loyd Wright

“Pain is Temporary, Quitting lasts Forever” == Lance Armstrong

Chopper Guy
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According to the information, every ten minutes someone in the US dies of a type of blood cancer.  This is about the man that lost his stepson but,  next time it could be a lot closer to home, our home!!. Lets see if we can help this sweet man out and work towards eliminating this disease.
     And, to infuse a little humor, cant you just imagine this burly biker running in the crowd in his leather jacket, gym shorts, and motorcycle boots!?  Listen, “Chopperguy”, we love you for this, man!!  Rock on, in Blake’s name…….. we run with you!!

                                               Lady Godiva on wheels

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