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This week marks a special milestone: for the first-time ever, a Wheels of Justice rider is the #1 fundraiser on the Courage Classic website.  And it’s none other that 9 year-old Ellie Rolfs – the inspiration for WoJ partner team TEAM ELLIE!  Last year, we all cheered at the Team Party at Copper when her dad Scotty Rolfs announced that Ellie was celebrating her 5 year “cancer-free” milestone.  Last October, the Adams County Police and Fire Games designated Team Ellie as the beneficiary of funds raised at their event.  So Ellie and her great teammates are really celebrating her good news in the best possible way – by giving back to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital.  Thank you to the Rolfs family and everyone on Team Ellie for your inspiring efforts! See the 9News Story on Ellie and her team here!  http://www.9news.com/story/life/2014/07/19/team-ellie-adams-county-deputies/12901233/

**CLICK this link now to secure your spot on the WHEELS OF JUSTICE – The #1 Team in Colorado’s most inspiring cycling event: the 26th Annual Courage Classic, July 18-20, 2015.  The event is 65% full, so please don’t delay in recruiting team members.

1) WoJ Training Ride:  Saturday May 23 9:00am… DEER CREEK CANYON
Training Ride Hosts: John Connell and Scott Bauer
Ride will start at 9:00 a.m. sharp on SATURDAY, MAY 23RD.

Meeting Location: Hudson Gardens trailside coffee shop.
Directions: Hudson Gardens is located at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton, a mile south of Bowles Avenue, and three miles north of C-470. Parking is available at the north end of the Gardens (west on Maplewood Ave from Santa Fe) or 1 mi. north of the Gardens at Littleton Golf & Tennis Club (Bowles & Federal; park behind the tennis bubbles).

We will ride the Mary Carter Greenway along the S. Platte River, into Chatfield St. Park, up the spillway to the reservoir and across Wadsworth Blvd to the base of Deer Creek Canyon (approx. 5 mostly flat miles. for this segment).  Then ascend Deer Creek Canyon to the 6.3 mile mark with two options from there:  (A) John will take a group left on Deer Creek Rd. and up Highgrade Rd. to the historic Pleasant Park schoolhouse (approx. 7 more miles); and (b) Scott will stay on Deer Creek Canyon Rd. to the crest before Turkey Creek Rd. (approx. 3 more miles).  Total for Option A = 36 miles with an elevation gain of 3,000 ft in the canyon.  Total for Option B = 30 miles with an elevation gain of 1750 ft. in the canyon.  Riders can also add miles around Chatfield Reservoir after descending.

Please RSVP by noon Friday, May 22nd to John at connollj@ymail.com , mobile phone: 303-489-4300 and Scott at scottrbauer@gmail.com, mobile phone 303-475-4682

Please let us know if you prefer Option A or Option B when you RSVP.

BE SURE TO CHECK THE WOJ FACEBOOK PAGE FOR WEATHER CANCELLATION INFO BY 8AM SATURDAY.

SEE the ENTIRE WOJ TRAINING RIDE SCHEDULE (sponsored by our friends at Watson) HERE: http://www.my-watson.com/#!wheels/c1730

2)  RSVP NOW for THE WOJ KICK-OFF PARTY, Tuesday, June 2 5:30-7:30pm @ The Denver Post
Thanks to WoJ leader Linda Bradford, we’ll be back for the third year at the Atrium of the Denver Post building at 101 W. Colfax Ave. for our party.  (NW corner of Broadway and Colfax — Public parking is available in the attached garage at 15th and Cleveland.).  As always, we’ll have great food and drink and be reminded of why we do all of this – by listening to stories of hope and courage from patients, families and doctors at the Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders! If you want to help with the party or have idea for Event Sponsors ($1000/$500/$250 levels available), please email us at info@wheelsofjustice.org.

So how can you help us get the 2015 DECADE OF JUSTICE bandwagon rolling?

Last year, our 270 riders raised more than $365,000 to make a real difference for the kids, families and doctors at the Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) – bringing our nine-year fundraising total to more than $2.3 million. In 2015, we aim to blow past the $2.7 million mark by raising $400,000.

3) SEND EMAILS TO YOUR CONTACTS:  This is the “secret” that lies at the core of all of our fundraising. It’s simple but powerful.  You tell your friend (or colleague, client, vendor or neighbor) about the amazing, life-saving work happening at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; then explain the personal commitment you’ve made to this cause by training for months to ride 157 miles through the Rockies; and finally ask your friend to share in this crazy, beautiful effort by clicking a link and making a tax-deductible contribution.  When we each make the effort to make as many of these “asks” as possible, we know from experience that a huge ripple of good will is unleashed that translates into millions of dollars to help in the fight against childhood cancer. So please load up those contacts onto your Courage Classic rider page, cast your net wide and hit SEND.  You’ll never know, till you ask!

4) LIKE US AND JOIN US ON FACEBOOK!   Keep up to date with the Wheels of Justice team and spread the word by “liking” us on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/WheelsofJusticeTeam

You can also join our WoJ Facebook Group to coordinate with your teammates on things like training ride meet-ups and travel plans for Copper https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/58302100863

Our Amazing 2015 WoJ SPONSORS SO FAR have helped us to raise more than $52,500!

$10,000
Holland & Knight
COPIC

$5000
Polsinelli
Watson
Caruso Family Foundation
Cooley LLP
Lucy Goose Foundation

$2500
American Express
Dorsey
Pryor Johnson Carney Karr Nixon
Hall & Evans
Western States Fire Protection Co.
Rocky Mountain Childhood Cancer Foundation

SUPER FRIENDS
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association

Thank you and see you on the road soon!

Best,
Heather

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