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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:27 am 
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Dear Avid Cyclists,
First of all, don't treat this thread as a joke or anything like that,
it was not easy to put it together and it is serious.

A close cyclist friend (who I respectfully have to treat as anonymous in this forum)
Has been diagnosed early this year with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,
(I just learnt about this 2 months ago, and since supported him.
He has always been an avid cyclist and a contender in races,
(he always called himself the criterium master) - he has also participated as a B grade pro cyclist for 4 years (1994-1998)

Anyway, chemo did not show improvements, this type of cancer is spreading rapidly and at this point is a matter of managing rather than cure.
I started talking cycling with him and focused on the great and good things,
We stayed away from topics such as his treatment, career and just focused on the "hopefulls",
He was very enthusiastic since we started talking again, and his wife told me he started cycling again,
despite low energy levels.

I know there is not much we can do about his treatment, but I know there is something we can do about having him motivated and smiling.

I have engaged myself and riders I know, as well as a few bike shops and some contacts on local teams to do one thing (little response so far)
shoot as many pictures with a sign "Rob Be Strong!" so that I can send those to him or compile something.
I have engaged myself in going to all major scenic rides before the end of this year (hopefully we are not too late)
and always shooting a photo with the sign.

All in all, sorry for coming forward with this huge thing out of the blue,
but I don't think we have much time, and I just want to do something good.

If I could ask you guys to read this post and consider, perhaps joining in, I am sure this would make a World of difference.
I have started slowly with two photos, which are crap so far (but it is hard to take a photo of yourself with a phone)
(i have tried to engage social media, but it just simply does not work with people who do not love cycling, such as us)
If you have any questions about this just send me an personal message.

The only thing I would kindly ask, if you are up for it,
is too shoot photos during your rides with the sign.
(I always try to attach my first sign, but this is just a start, I think we can do much better, and am working hard to accomplish this)

Again, if this thread is out of place, or not relevant, I am sure admins will remove it,
but this is real,
and I am sure we can do something good - at least keep the guy smiling!
(I hope you appreciate the fact the he needs to remain anonymous, if we are posting photos with his first name)


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:36 am 
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Have popped it in here

viewtopic.php?p=918679#p918679

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:52 am 
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For any facebook users,
http://www.facebook.com/RobBeStrong

Uploaded a couple of recent photos already.
Thank you all for great support and a great cause,
this WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

If you are having any issues with submitting your photos,
I am working on a solution to be able to upload, will keep you posted,
the temporare site was set up at www.robbestrong.com - I just need to create a way to be able to upload and comment,
coming very soon


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:55 am 
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Hi Guys,
No responses or support so far,
am I and the wrong category?
This is really a good cause, relevant and important.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:21 pm 
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You're a pretty awesome friend! Uploading pic to facebook just now, best wishes to your buddy.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:33 pm 
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I passed it on to my team forum and some have used the Facebook page, as have I.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:38 pm 
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I will take a picture before tomorrow's ride and post it on Facebook. Great idea, by the way.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:48 am 
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Quick photo to get guys going...


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:44 am 
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Took me a couple days, but posted a couple pictures on the Facebook page.

I hope your buddy is doing better.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:35 am 
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I'll try and take one on my next ride.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:57 am 
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will take one on my next ride for sure


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:30 pm 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zoAHyuJQmw


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:49 pm 
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I didn't have a piece of paper on my ride today, but I was thinking about your friend while I was getting my ass kicked on a pretty tough 100 mile ride. I think if a moderator moved this to cycle chat it would get more exposure? :noidea:
Rob be strong!! :up:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:29 am 
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Thanks for the support!
What really matters is the thought and it is much appreciated!


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