HCC Friend Steve Reynolds Needs Our Help

An appeal from friends in the cycling community….

This is just to update you on a sad situation. Our friend Steve Reynolds, who you may remember as being an effective muckraker in our earliest organizing meetings, has been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Steve went in to hospital for an intestinal ailment in May and after exploratory surgery, was diagnosed with cancer. Multiple screenings over the years had not caught it and even a blood test marker had missed the warning. By the time he needed the surgery, it was very late in the game and his prognosis is not good. He’s in Henderson Hospital, ward 3C, room 15 if you want to pay him a call.

Steve’s financial situation is troubling as he has been working as a freelancer for a U.S. research and publishing concern for some ten years, which means he has no employee benefits or income insurance that will help his family while he is unable to work. Even as sick as he is, he has his laptop next to his bed and continues to file reports to keep up his income. I have no idea if the company is planning to help him in any way.

One of our riding group has started to organize a fundraiser event to help out Steve’s family. Details of the event are still rolling out, but right now I can tell you we will be running some kind of bike-a-thon or citizen race at Mansfield, who has offered to donate the facility. I wanted to let you all in on this as I’d like to make sure we promote the event through the HCC. Besides the ride itself, there are other ways to raise money at the event such as a raffle or silent auction so any HCC swag we could pull together for that would be good. I just spoke to Hugh Black about maybe getting a nice True North for a raffle. It sounds like he’d provide a bike as a prize at his cost so that could bring in some bucks. We also need to poll all the LBS’s and riders basements for stuff too. Think about ways to help out and we’ll do our best for Steve’s family.

This whole thing is kind of ironic in a way, as Steve has been a participant in many cancer fundraisers through LIVESTRONG. For the past couple of years he’s ridden in a Century ride around Lake Cayuga in upstate New York as part of the LIVESTRONG Challenge. Anyway, keep Steve in your thoughts.

Our cycling community – we need you to “pitch in” and help in other areas as well to make this event a success.

  • There are letters available that you can use to approach your company or local corporate sponsors.  These letters are attached.  We’re looking for items to be auctioned or raffled off.
  • We need volunteers for the event day.
  • We’re still looking for some event tents for shelter in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. or it’s too sunny and we need shade.
  • Folding tables
  • Would someone please volunteer to approach New World Cycle, Ancaster Cycle and Bicycle Works for swag, auction or raffle donations?  I have already asked Freewheel and Pieriks Cycle.  Spokes and Slopes is already contributing as well.  Ask them if they have an event tent with their logo on it that they can lend us for the day.
  • we need people to distribute promo material to the bike shops so if you’re going to talk to a shop, please let me know.
  • Do you work for a store that has gift certificates that might be great auction items?

Many thanks to those of you who have already stepped up to offer items and support.

The Steve Reynolds Family Fund presents:

Full Steve aHEDLEY – an exclusive epic ride at Mansfield Outdoor Centre
On Sunday October 3rd, 2010, The Steve Reynolds Family Fund will hold a ride event to help support the family.
This approximately 40km  – 50km X-Country Mountain bike ride will start at the Not So Hollow Farm Native Plant Nursery and make its way through the beautiful hills of Mulmur Township and Dufferin County Forests to Mansfield Outdoor Centre then return to the Nursery.
A Silent Auction will take place featuring a custom XT bike build by True North Cycles as well as items contributed by Freewheel Cycle, Spokes and Slopes etc, etc, to name a just few.
Bring your family to ride or participate in the concurrent forest hike.  If you’re feeling more like a Sunday Jaunt, there will be a social length ride of approximately 20kms.
Riders are asked to make a minimum donation of $65
Non-riders are asked to make a minimum donation of $50
Children under 12 are free.
Every donation will receive an event t-shirt, a chance to win a brand new Dirt Jumping bike valued at $1400 courtesy of Freewheel Cycle in Dundas, a meal and beer ticket, showers and bike wash.
Beer for this event is being supplied by Creemore Springs Brewery
Limited camping space is available on Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd.
As this event is a fund raising event that requires a considerable amount of organizing, please RSVP as soon as possible to 4fullsteve@gmail.com
Thank you for your kind support.
Vicki Pinchin

Steve RFF Letter of Introduction[1]

Microsoft Word – Steve Reynolds Corp Sponsors _Laurie-Lynne_