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In December of last year, professional triathlete Amy Marsh was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a blood and bone marrow cancer. She started chemotherapy treatments on Christmas Eve, and has since completed two rounds in Austin, Texas. Doctors have indicated she will need a stem cell transplant, which will be done at a hospital in Houston.
After her diagnosis, the triathlon community rallied around Marsh to help support her treatment. On Saturday an organized ride called the Fearless FUNdo (pronounced “fun dough”) Poker Ride in The Woodlands, Texas, raised money for the four-time Ironman champ.
Approximately 100 riders met up at the VR Cycling Studio for the 90-mile ride. Five cards were collected at stations throughout the route. The best five-card poker hand was the winner. A sixth card was given to anyone willing to run a one-mile circuit following the ride. Participants included Amy and Brandon Marsh, Tim Reed, Chris McDonald, Kelly Williamson, Scott Neydeli, Balazs Csoke, Brad Williams, Leslie LaMacchia and Lance Armstrong.
An auction also took place following the event with contributions from top names in the sport including Tim Reed, Chris McDonald, Kelly Williamson, Mel Hauschildt, Rachel Joyce, Tyler Butterfield, Jordan Rapp, Leon Griffin, Balazs Csoke, Justin Daerr, Leslie LaMacchia and Lance Armstrong.
Ultimately over $15,000 was raised through the on-site raffle, t-shirt sales and auction. One hundred percent of the money collected was delivered to Team Marsh. Additionally, Delete Blood Cancer was on hand to register volunteer donors to the national registry, with over 50 people choosing to participate.
Ten of the “Fearless FUNdo” t-shirts are still available at a cost of $40 per shirt, including shipping. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to claim one while they last.