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Team Spotlight: Behind the Name Team Klipsch

KlipschAccording to the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute, “Music therapy can uplift and transform survivors, bringing the mind body and soul into perfect harmony.”

Klipsch is a leading global manufacturer of premium sound solutions for consumer and professional markets and proud sponsor of 24 Hours of Booty.

The relationship between Klipsch and 24 Hours of Booty began when a friend invited Rich Doppelfeld, vice president of Global Human Resources to the Charlotte event. Doppelfeld was impressed and inspired by the enthusiasm and passion of the riders and staff, and was eager to share this experience with his family and friends.

In 2011, 24 Hours of Booty announced an expansion of the event to Indianapolis, Indiana. Doppelfeld shared his Charlotte experience with President and CEO of Klipsch, Paul Jacobs, leaving him no choice but to involve the corporation in the cause.

“24 Hours of Booty provides an opportunity to raise money to fight cancer, but also promotes true team building, esprit de corps and healthy living,” says Jacobs. “This event creates a positive feeling at Klipsch and our employees, families and friends look forward to participating in the annual 24 Hours of Booty.”

Klipsch formed a team in Indianapolis and distributed in-ear headphones and KMC 3 wireless music systems as giveaways and prizes. This year the team is expecting 25 plus riders at the Indianapolis event. Doppelfeld and his team raised over $13,000 in 2014. They show their support by riding in custom Klipsch cycling jerseys with the 24 Hours of Booty logo, as well as camp out in Bootyville.

“You get a true understanding of the importance of sponsoring and participating in 24 Hours of Booty at the start of the event,” says Doppelfeld. “The executive director asks the riders to raise their hands if they or someone in their family has been affected by cancer and almost every hand is raised.”

To join a team a or sign up as an individual rider, check out our registration page here.

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Team Spotlight: Behind the Name of Team Carpe Diem

Stephanie BrownIn 2004 Stephanie Brown began her journey with 24 Hours of Booty as a semi-cyclist after she lost her dad to cancer. For the last 13 years as a captain and team member, Brown has always admired her eclectic group of riders made up of co-workers, friends and family riding for a common goal.

As team captain in 2011, Brown adopted her personal saying,“Carpe Diem” as their 24 Hours of Booty team name because it validated their motto to “Ride bikes, fight cancer, and seize the day!” Her team is stays fairly small, never exceeding 15 people. In fact, that year her team of 15 members won the Top Fundraising Award.

For Brown, the most exciting part of 24 Hours of Booty is how much money she can raise collectively with the community to make a difference. Last year, Carpe Diem’s 10-member team was well represented raising over  $24,000 and having over 50 percent of their teammates earn jerseys. They had three yellow jersey winners and two red jersey winners, as well as first time team member Paul Meyer win Rookie of the Year. They often joke and call themselves “the little team that could,” but this little team rode over 850 miles total achieving personal and group mileage goals.

They are all self motivated,” Brown said. “Everyone has a connection to cancer – it’s a no brainer. They participate because their hearts are in the right place.”

The team does not generally hold large fundraisers, but they have included restaurants and food fundraisers in the past, such as their campaign “BBQ for Booty” held in 2011 at Mac’s Speed Shop.

This year, Brown is looking forward to the start of the event and the first lap around the loop.

“There is so much emotion, anticipation and support of people who turn up from all over,” says Brown.

She also loves the neighborhood support and being able to hear multiple rider stories throughout the event. Brown is very eager to encourage others to ride in 24 Hours of Booty and is patiently waiting for this year’s event.


The wait is finally over! 24 Hours of Booty registration opens this week! Register here on Thursday,  January 29 starting at 9 a.m. to commit to joining us in July!

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Team Spotlight: Behind the Name of Team Kancer Kiboshers

Kasten BlogJessica Kasten registered for her first 24 Hours of Booty in 2011 for the second annual Atlanta event. She initially saw the event on Facebook and it sparked an interest due to her close connections with cancer, so she decided to participate.

The first ride for Kasten and her team was dedicated to her friend and colleague Stan, who was diagnosed with liver cancer. Stan and Kasten worked together at a local school. Kasten and Stan formed Team “Teachers with Booty” because it was only made up teachers at the time. Team Teachers with Booty supported Stan by creating t-shirts with his name to ride in his honor. Riding in the event ever since, Kasten has lost many people to cancer, but has also known many survivors whom she continues to ride for. As the team began to grow and expanded beyond teachers, they changed the name to Team “Kancer Kiboshers”.

Fundraising is a year-long commitment for the Kancer Kiboshers, this year Kasten held a Wildtree tasting party at her home. Wildtree is a Mary_Kay-style company that allows customers to host parties at their homes or businesses; anytime someone purchases an item Kasten received a portion and put it towards 24 Hours of Booty.

“First time riders should just know they should go at their own pace and have fun,” says Jessica Kasten, Team Kancer Kiboshers captain. “This is not a competition and they should just be sure they let themselves enjoy the weekend.”

Kasten has met many amazing people at 24 hours of Booty and says it feels great to be doing something important for loved ones fighting cancer.

“I have met amazing people, I feel so good to be doing something so important for loved ones and everyone dealing with cancer,” says Kasten.  “I am proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.“

 

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Team Spotlight: Behind the Name of Betty and the Buttcrackers

All threeFor John Raab, team captain of Betty and the Butt Crackers, it was always a goal of his to ride in 24 Hours of Booty Indianapolis. He had previously participated as a Booty Crew member for the event, but when his sister was diagnosed with lung cancer, 24 Hours of Booty provided him with a way to fundraise for a cause as well as complete his goal of riding in the event.

“I felt it was my Booty Duty,” said John Raab. “[24 Hours of Booty] has given me a renewed sense of purpose.”

Adding to his list of goals for this year Raab intends to ride 100 miles along side his teammate Bob Boehman, whose goal is 300 miles. To complete this goal, Raab looks forward to the most exciting part of the race, “riding into the wee hours of the night.”

This year their team consists of Raab, his daughter, his school principle and a friend whom he met last year while riding. This is one of his favorite parts of the race, being able to meet new people with similar interests and the possibility of new teammates.

Raab’s team may be small, but they are hardly overlooked due to their unique team name and cycling attire.

“We held a fundraiser at work and whoever donated the most money won the privilege of naming our team,” Raab said. “ We ended up with Betty and the Butt Crackers.”

The donors also choose race attire for the team to wear each year. Last year the team’s uniform consisted of pink tees and pink tutus, but this year their outfit choice is still to be determined.

Want to see what Team Betty and the Buttcrackers will be sporting on the Booty Loop this year? Register for the 2015 24 Hours of Booty Indianapolis here.

 

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Team Spotlight: Behind the Name of Team Reeb

David Faulkner 2Riding their way down the paths of the Sedgfield neighborhood of Southend Charlotte, cycling started as a hobby for David Faulkner and his friends. In 2007, one of his friends mentioned the 24 Hours of Booty event and Faulkner thought it would be a great challenge. His team was only made up of about five friends at the time.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) became involved with the cycling group almost by accident. OMB was a convenient place for team members to meet in the Southend area. Every Friday afternoon, the group would come together for team meetings to discuss strategy, and became frequent customers of the brewery. In 2009, the group approached the owners about partnering with them for 24 Hours of Booty to which they agreed, and the partnership officially began 2010.

“With our newly formed relationship with OMB in 2010, I almost signed up the team for the event that year as ‘Team Beer’”, said David Faulkner, Team Reeb captain. “Team Reeb’ was about as far out of the box as I could think.”

Faulkner’s vision is for someone in a car to be able to make out the word “beer” from their rear view mirror. Although the idea didn’t go as planned, the name suck with the group.

“A wise staff person at 24 Hours of Booty once told us that the best fundraisers are ones that capitalize on what the team does well,“ says Faulkner.

Fundraising is a major focus for Team Reeb, so they honed in on their best skills – eating and drinking. Team Reeb hosts an annual barbeque in the spring and holds events at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery to raise money. They also cultivate relationships with other local restaurants and fitness centers where a portion of a night’s proceeds go to 24 Hours of Booty. Team Reeb’s goal is to raise more than $75,000 and to receive top team honors, while Faulkner’s personal goal is to be a yellow jersey winner for 2015.

Team Reeb now has around 55 members made up of friends of friends as Faulkner describes. He has made many new friends and reached many personal goals since his first ride. His relationship with 24 Hours of Booty along with the team continues to grow in great spirits and now many regular riders who he considers family.

“In the end, I always seem to walk away after the event with at least one or two specific moments where I can say, ‘Yep, that is why we ride in circles for 24 hours’”, Faulkner said.

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Seven Years of Service – Thank You Annie Ray

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24 Hours of Booty has been home to Annie (Jackson) Ray in more ways than one. Annie has had close ties to the organization, as her older brother and cousin participated annually in the Charlotte event and former executive director, Patti Weiss is a longtime family friend. This relationship springboarded Annie’s involvement as the first intern of 24 Hours of Booty in May 2008 , which led to her quickly taking on the full time role as Office Manager in July of that same year.

“Ultimately I decided to end my beach life early and take the job,” said Annie Ray. “I had enjoyed being a part of the working world, loved the environment, the people and the mission to serve the cancer community.”

Annie has taken on a variety of roles at 24 Hours of Booty including bookkeeping, community event organizing, gift processing on every level, volunteer and intern management, customer service, technical support, fundraising, and serving as the organization’s main point of contact and liaison. 24 Hours of Booty formed nearly her entire professional background and through serving in a multitude of roles Annie has taken away valuable lessons both personally and professionally. Each role has allowed her to approach problem solving in different ways. While personally, the organization has taught her the importance of being compassionate in all aspects of life.

“Cancer affects everyone and I’ve met people living with stage four cancer, people who have lost children, spouse’s, parents and friends,” Annie said.  “Most often I’ve found that their hardships have led them to have an incredible view of life’s precious timeline. These individuals often seem to be masters of how and where to effectively draw strength — spiritually or from the world and people around them.”

In addition to the passion she’s found, Annie has formed “amazing” relationships as she refers to them over the last seven years that have further fueled her love for the organization. She first forged these relationships as an intern, where her first assignment was to research participant testimonials. This initial assignment taught her how to communicate with different people — participants, donors, sponsors, committee  and board members — that share the vision & mission of 24 Hours of Booty. The passion and the people are what Annie says she will miss most about working with the organization.

“The people – it’s such a strong community of individuals working towards the same goal,” Annie said. “I will miss the rush of event season. It was always the craziest and most fun time of year. Everyone involved around that time is full of passion, whether it’s in terms of fundraising, training and mileage goals or checking off to-do lists for community events.”

Little did Annie know that 24 Hours of Booty would not only provide her a professional foundation through serving in a variety of roles and seeing different leadership changes, but would be the connection that formed her family.

“When I met Basil Lyberg I knew we were in for a fun, hard-working environment,” Annie said. “What I did not know was that he did match-making work on the side.”

While working an event, Annie was introduced to a special invitee, her future husband. Annie and her husband Erick live locally in Charlotte with their three-year-old daughter Maddie. After seven years of dedicated service and being the “go-to” girl for 24 Hours of Booty staff, riders, donors and volunteers, Annie is leaving to welcome her second child any day now with her husband.

“24 Hours of Booty has has left me with amazing memories, inspiring stories of life’s struggles and survivorship, wonderful friendships, a variety of professional experiences and a husband and family to boot!” Annie said.  “As I am days away from welcoming our second child into the world, I am so thankful for the all the ways 24 Hours of Booty has impacted my life and my family, but am most proud of all the ways I’ve been witness to the impact that 24 Hours of Booty has had on the lives of those we serve in the cancer community.”

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The staff at 24 Hours of Booty would like to thank Annie for her ceaseless willingness to pick up any task, help find a solution for anyone with a question, and more importantly for bringing a positive spirit and joy to the organization.

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You Don’t Choose, You Just Become: Wife Turned Caregiver

Debbie & BrianNovember is National Family Caregivers’ month, a month dedicated to focusing on the emotional, personal and financial challenges caregivers face whether they provide assistance to a loved one for a few years or for a  lifetime. Debbie Hevesy, 24 Hours of Booty Atlanta rider and former caregiver to her husband Brian, knows all too well the fears and anxieties associated with taking on a responsibility that one does not necessarily choose, but is chosen for them.

“You don’t choose to become a caregiver, you just become one,” said Debbie Hevesy.  “[Cancer] is a scary diagnosis, one filled with uncertainty and fear for the future. Initially, I felt afraid because I was worried about the fatality – I felt that I didn’t want to lose Brian, and I didn’t want him to miss the milestones of the future – the boys graduating from college, getting married, having children, retirement, etc.”

Wife turned caregiver, Debbie followed her husband Brian’s lead by maintaining some sense of normalcy in their lives. Debbie and Brian had two children in college and one child in high school when Brian was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. While his children were in school, Brian worked through his months of treatment. Both Debbie and Brian told their boys as much as they wanted to hear and always told them the truth as they knew it.

The caregiver role changed for Debbie once Brian was admitted to the hospital for 30 days to undergo a stem cell transplant in hopes of eradicating his cancer. Brian’s release from the hospital was the most difficult time for Debbie as a caregiver as she found it challenging to find foods and drinks that agreed with Brian’s palette.

“He would say,“I would like some of that iced tea in the bottle”, so I would buy it, and it would not taste good. Or applesauce, or grape juice, or punch, or pudding, or even water!  – some bottled water can taste very metallic to chemo patients” Debbie said.

The trial and error of knowing what would be tolerable to her husband was very frustrating, but for Debbie it was well worth it.

“Overall, the most rewarding aspect was that Brian was a good patient and whatever I did was enough and was appreciated,” Debbie said. “And most times that was just being there, and knowing that everything was going along fairly normally with the family.”

For others assuming the role of caregiver, Debbie advises to know your patient and to know how far you can go with him or her. Do not smother them, but make the experience as easy as possible for them. Lastly, use available resources from the hospital and organizations, such as LIVESTRONG and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

“Just be there,” Debbie said. “Go to the doctor appointments because two ears are better than one, take notes or talk to someone who has been through the journey. I would say that it is hard to watch your loved one go through the treatment of cancer and the recovery, but keeping positive and keeping things normal worked for our family, and it still does. We have been very fortunate – Brian has seen most of those milestones I feared he would miss, and more!”

Celebrate caregivers this month:

1. Take over for a few hours – give a family caregiver a few hours away with friends or time alone so they can simply relax.

2. Brighten a family caregiver’s day – send a card or flower bouquet of appreciation.

3. Let a caregiving family in your community relax & enjoy the holiday – offer to prepare or help cook a Thanksgiving dinner.

4. Connect a family caregiver with support and educational materials via the Caregivers Action Network.

5. Let us know how we can help support you. Contact us!

 

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24 Days of Thanks


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It’s the season for giving and 24 Hours of Booty would like to give our gratitude to the well deserved groups and individuals we have had the pleasure of meeting and working with over the years from beneficiaries and sponsors to riders, volunteers and booty crew members.

We are a community united by a common goal – to fight cancer. We could not make an impact without you. We are all 24 Hours of Booty. For the month of November, we would like to extend our thanks to all of those who have put in their time, effort and resources to help a cause greater than ourselves.

Thank you! Check the images below for a few of the many people we are thankful for and feel free to share these images with your friends!

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Vote for 24 Hours of Booty in SOCIETY Charlotte’s Best of Philanthropy 2014 Survey!

survey-banner-bopIt’s that time again to show some more love to 24 Hours of Booty! SOCIETY Charlotte has opened its Best of Philanthropy 2014 survey that highlights nonprofit event receive extra attention they deserve.

SOCIETY Charlotte is a free monthly magazine that publishes informative and exciting photos and articles about philanthropic organizations and events in the community. Survey categories include:

 

  • Best Luncheon
  • Best Party
  • Best Themed Event
  • Best Social Media Presence
  • Best Volunteers
  • Best Young Professionals Party
  • Best Family-Friendly Event
  • Best Pet-Friendly Event

Vote for 24 Hours of Booty for Best Social Media Presence, Best Volunteers, and Best Family-Friend Event! If you do not know of an event for the other categories please put N/A. Voting starts now and is open until Monday, December 1, 2014. SOCIETY Charlotte will profile the winners in their January issue.

Show us some love here

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Breast Cancer Awareness Spotlight: Shannon Carney

shannon & daveCancer affects each individual differently, but nearly all those affected can agree that cancer is not a solo battle, but a battle that is best fought as a team. Shannon Carney, long time 24 Hours of Booty rider, found her support system to be her key to survival when she was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in 2003.

While breast cancer is commonly found either by self examination or a mammogram, Shannon’s partner Dave discovered hers unexpectedly. After 11 years of being cancer-free, Shannon still recalls the numb feeling she felt upon diagnosis. Shannon tried to treat her breast cancer like any other problem that needed to be solved — get the facts, make a decision and act quickly.

“I thought it would be like a sprint run, hit the ground running hard and finish fast,” said Shannon Carney.  “But we quickly came to realize this was more like a marathon and that diagnosis was merely filling in the sign-up form.  The training and race were yet to come.”

For Shannon, physical treatments, such as chemotherapy proved to be the most challenging for her. However, her physical pain was offset by the emotional and spiritual support she received. Despite experiencing challenges that come with cancer, Shannon and Dave made a conscious choice to continue to do what they love, which included spending time in nature with friends. For example, the night before each chemo treatment, a group of their friends would come to their house for a backyard party.  Memories of friends laughing gave Shannon comfort when undergoing treatment.

Shannon’s experience with breast cancer including its physical, emotional and spiritual challenges taught her that the battle requires both stamina and quiet time to process the obstacles it brings. As a result of her cancer journey,  Shannon and Dave decided to spread their passion for friends and nature to others and founded Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreats & Programs in 2007. The organization, a beneficiary of 24 Hours of Booty, focuses on the mind, body and spirit — fostering friendships, simplifying, laughing and spending time in nature.

The difficult aspects of cancer, emotional and spiritual struggles, are experienced by a majority of people affected by cancer. More than 40% of all cancer patients go through some form of depression. While most of the feelings do not last, these emotions should not be taken lightly. After seeing cancer from the other side, Shannon stresses to others not to be afraid to seek a counselor or support group.

“Do not go it alone,” Shannon said. “Support looks different for every person.  Find what works for you. That might be prayer, meditation or time in nature.  Or staying active on your “good” days, with a walk, yoga class or light bike ride, more likely a combination of all of these.”

To learn more about Shannon and Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreats and programs please visit http://www.windriverservices.org/.

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