Bikes for Brains has raised over $4,400!! Thanks!!

THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!!

DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL AUGUST 15th.  BE SURE TO COME OUT TO LINDA’S BAR & GRILL TONIGHT TO HELP CELEBRATE THE END OF THE RIDE!!

Hi everyone, and welcome to Bikes for Brains! My name is Courtney Webster, and I’m riding my bicycle 1,853.5 miles to raise money for the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke Hospital, in Durham, North Carolina.

In October 2007, my father died of a glioblastoma multiforme tumor in the frontal lobe of his brain, after receiving outstanding treatment at Duke for just over two years. Despite being a diehard Carolina Tarheel fan, I’ve wanted to find a way to raise money for these particular Dukies since his diagnosis in 2005. So, thanks to an enthusiastic cousin who also loves his bike, I’ll be departing from Vancouver, Canada on June 30th on my bicycle. The hope is that thirty days and 1,853.5 miles later, I’ll arrive by this route, safe and sound in Imperial Beach, California exhausted, only mildly sun-burnt, and having raised lots and lots of money.

Brain tumors are sneaky little things with a bad attitude that require a variety of methods for treatment; as is common, my dad’s involved a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and various drug trials. Research for the development of new treatment methods (see: $$$) is vital to extending people’s lives and eventually finding a cure, and competition for funding is fierce. So, I’ve turned this biking trip into an opportunity to raise as much money as possible for research in my dad’s honor! I have a passion for biking, and while he’d have told me I was crazy, I know my dad would have been incredibly supportive and proud of such an endeavor. This will be a fantastic physical and mental challenge that I know I’m up for, but I still need your help!

I am seeking folks to sponsor me by the mile, for all 1,853.5, I repeat, 1,853.5 MILES, of this trip! 100% of your donation will go directly to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, in a fund designated for research in my father, Lindo Webster’s, name, unless otherwise designated. Thanks in advance for all your help and support, and remember to keep checking up on my progress through the blog entries, photos, and more on this site and through Facebook!!

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21 Responses to Bikes for Brains has raised over $4,400!! Thanks!!

  1. Lynn Webster says:

    Your dad would be so proud!

  2. susan remick says:

    Can you donate how ever much you choose?

  3. Abby Michenfelder says:

    Best of luck with your adventure Courtney – this is awesome!!

  4. Vincent Le says:

    Planning on donating within the next few days. (: Keep the site updated for your supporters!

  5. Valentina Guzman says:

    Just read your remarkable story on the the Chatham News. Good luck on your journey

    • Aww thanks! It certainly will be a remarkable journey, and I am humbled beyond belief by the amount of support this site and I have received since it went live. Be sure to follow along once the trip starts, and be sure to tell everyone you can about the effort! And again, thank you!!!

  6. Jill Remick says:

    You go girl! Have a blast!

  7. Gordon Keeler says:

    Hi Courtney. Wishing you a wonderful trip. How about carrying a GPS tracking system so that we can watch your progress? Gordon Keeler (Angels 5k committee)

    http://findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=102

    • Hi Gordon! I will be using a GPS tracking system! I’ve got an all-encompassing iPhone app called BikeBrain (strange coincidence!) that tracks my route via Google Maps, my speed, amount of calories burned, and even my carbon offset. Each day when we’ve finished riding, I’ll be exporting this data to the site so people can see where we are, how far we went that day, and which route we took. And of course, I’ll be updating the blog as often as possible, so people can check out photos, videos and journal entries as we go! Thanks for your kind words!!

  8. Mary Woodall says:

    Hi Courtney. What a great thing you are doing! My son was treated for a GBM at Duke for 18 months from 1992-1994. He was 9 days from being 22. We live in Durham, and I have stayed involved with the Brain Tumor Center and our fundraising event – Angels Among Us. You will be making a difference through your biking fundraiser. I applaud you. I am sure you Dad will be watching over you all the way. We will be watching your progress. Mary Woodall – Angels Among Us – PRT Brain Tumor Center at Duke.

  9. JacLynn Dabbs says:

    Wow, that’s awesome. Keep up the good work!

  10. Jane Glenn says:

    I will be sending a donation in the next day or so. I am proud of you for what you are doing and hope the ride goes well and that a lot of money will be donated for this worthy cause. My prayers will be with you as you go along.

  11. Vincenzo Salatino says:

    Okay, I will donate $0.02697599136 for every mile that you ride…($50…!!) Go Courtney!! We will miss you at the beach!! Where do I donate??? (How do I donate??)
    Cousin Vinny

  12. Cindy says:

    God bless you and keep you safe Courtney. What a wonderful thing you are doing to honor your dad. Cindy

  13. Libba Adams says:

    So proud of you!! I know your dad would be proud, too! And our friend Deb would be cheering you on! We were really impressed with the Duke center when Deb was being treated there. Stay hydrated and have fun!!!

  14. carole lee bresky says:

    Dear Courtney,
    This is phenomenal and we stand in admiration of your spirit, your positive energy and your gumption. Congratulations to you.
    We would love to contribute and will follow up on this right away.
    With love,
    Carole Lee and Michael

  15. Marjorie Remick says:

    Hi Courtney,
    I am all in favor of providing a “Grub-n-Go” donation for my brave granddaughter with some calories to fuel the trip, by eating a Burger King “Carolina BBQ Whopper”. It would be rude if you didn’t share a Whopper with Tyler so the contribution will be 1penny per calorie for 2 burgers as officially calculated by BK. If Carolina BBQ is unavailable, substitution is accepted. After consuming said burgers somewhere along the West Coast & confirmation of consumption by both riders, I will make a donation to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.
    Ride/drive safely.
    Much love to you both, OSHA aka Grandma

  16. Laine and Garry Lipson says:

    Best of luck to you, Courtney. Garry’s dad passed away in 1977 with the same form of brain cancer. This cause is very close to our hearts. Laine and Garry Lipson

  17. Chris says:

    Hey Courtney! I just wanted to let you know i’m getting the ball rolling on the benefit at Linda’s for when you get back! Keep on truckin’! See you soon, i’ll keep you updated.

    Chris Carini

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