When folks come up on that mid-century mark in their lives, they tend to want to commemorate it with something big. Many opt for a blow-out party with all their old friends or a trip to some far away place they’ve always dreamed about.
Some just decide to do something a little bit crazy.
Which brings me to my friend George McCall.
In observance of his 50th birthday this year, George has decided to do a big thing, not for himself, but for others who can use some help.
It sounds just like him.
George has set a goal of raise $50,000 for cancer research and treatment with the Augusta Relay for Life event at Westside High School on May 2 and 3. To do this, he is seeking sponsors who will pony up a dollar (or more) for every lap he turns in around the Westside track while riding a wheelie in his bicycle.
Yes, a wheelie-- the thing you used to do when you were 10. He has his mind set on totaling 50 laps in one- to five-lap intervals during the 24-hour Relay.
I’m told the fine folks at Chain Reaction Bicycles will be providing the sweet ride, so all he needs are sponsors (and the balance of his 10-year-old self) to make it happen.
He figures – being an engineer, he’s pretty good at math – that he needs 1,000 sponsors pledging $1 per lap to reach his goal. I’d like to see him succeed.
George and his wife Katherine, live in Augusta and their sons attend Augusta Prep, so many of you may already know what a fine family they are. He tells me he was motivated by the plight of a 16-year old family friend who has been battling a brain tumor for more than five years. And like many of us, he has close relatives who are cancer survivors. I’m sure we can all relate to that experience.
To help, check out hisWebsite at: www.50-50-50k.org.
I wish him a happy birthday and the best of luck come May 2.