I am soooooo excited! I feel like a kid just days before Christmas Last night, I slept well for a change, as opposed to the two previous nights. I really cannot wait for the Cape Argus to start, and in the meantime I am scared shitless to the core. Waaaaaaah! But whatever happens: It will be fun, more over because I am now cycling for a good cause: The Bumble Bee Fund! Yay!
In short, the Bumble Bee Fund strives to improve the quality of life of disabled persons by enhancing
their personal mobility and increased personal independence, in particular, by providing or assisting in the provision of mobility aids.
This year’s Cape Argus Cycle Tour will be used to raise funds for Daniel, a little boy suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). This devastating and incurable illness is a genetic condition passed down only to boys, and leads to their muscles slowly degenerating. In a more advanced stage, patients will no longer be able to walk, then sit, then move, then eat, then breathe. The heart …. is a muscle too.
Usually Duchenne boys are confined to a wheelchair by the age of 10 to 12. While patients usually did not live beyond their teens, quite a few now live into their twenties thanks to advances in medical treatment.
Back to little Daniel. The eight-year old is becoming weaker as we speak and is realising that he can;t do things his friends can. The costs of providing an environment to improve his quality of life is ongoing & significant, running into many hundreds of thousands of rands. “By choosing to cycle for Daniel you are making a significant difference to him and his family. Thank you for your support, may you enjoy the Argus challenge!” I was told when I was asked to be part of the Bumblebee Team.
It was an offer I could not refuse.
I will pick up my kit form them this afternoon – picture to follow soon!