When route sales driver, Brent Felt, found out his new girlfriend was a cancer survivor, he was shocked, but not surprised. His aunt was sick and dying with the disease, and friends had been afflicted as well.
“It’s a lot more common than people think,” he said.
In solidarity with his aunt, Felt had done the Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk a couple of times, so he was happy to join his girlfriend in another cancer awareness event – the Tour de Pink.
The Tour de Pink is long-distance bike ride sponsored by the Young Survivor Coalition (YSC), an organization that benefits women under 40 with breast cancer.
According to the YSC website, the money raised by the event helps “provide resources, connections, and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.” Donors are part of the largest effort in the country dedicated exclusively to the needs of young breast cancer survivors.
This year’s Tour de Pink will take place in southern California, where Felt and a team of 8 will ride 200 miles over three days in October. The route takes them from Thousand Oaks to Foothill Ranch, just south of L.A.
“I believe in good karma,” Felt said. “If you do something to help others, someone will turn around and help you.”
“It’s a little bit like Unions – we all support each other. In crunch time, if someone is sick at Aramark, we’ll donate our sick time or vacation time to help them out.”
Last year over 60 riders made the west coast trek (there is also an east coast ride), with many more expected this year.
Each rider has a fundraising goal of $2500, so Felt has been busy. “I’ve been asking pretty much everyone I know to sponsor me,” he said.
“I’ve done triathlons before, so the biking doesn’t worry me so much, but the fundraising does. I’m at $1100 dollars right now, so I’ve got a little ways to go, but I’ll get there.”
Felt, who has been a Local 117 member for 18 years, will embark on his journey on October 14.
The Local 117 Executive Board has pledged $200 to his cause. If you’d like to sponsor him, visit his page on the YCS Tour de Pink website at www.ysctourdepink.org\goto\brent.