Featured El Tour de Mesa Beneficiary: Uphill Into The Wind

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013





Uphill Into The Wind is returning for the third consecutive year as an El Tour de Mesa beneficiary, which means, if you elect, you can raise money and ride for Uphill Into The Wind in the 23rd El Tour de Mesa.


Uphill Into The Wind is dedicated to supporting the 501(c)3 charities whose mission it is to do research, find cures and educate patients and their families in the numerous diseases affecting mankind. They do this by loaning bicycles to individuals participating in charity cycling events who could not otherwise afford to buy their own bike for the event.

By providing loaner bicycles to individuals who wish to participate in a charity cycling event, Uphill Into The Wind allows them to focus their efforts on fundraising for the charity rather than face the expense of buying a bike. Through a loan application and agreement process, potential borrowers are screened for financial need. They must show proof of registration and fundraising effort for a qualifying charity cycling or triathlon event. Once approved, the loaner bicycle is professionally fit to the cyclist and available for a maximum of 14 weeks of training and completion of event. Upon its return to the foundation, the bike is inspected and prepared for loan to another individual.

Lisa Daniel with her son Garret after completing the 2012 El Tour de Tucson. Daniel Family Photo

A testimonial from Lisa Daniel, Team in Training and Uphill Into The Wind Alumna

On August 27th 2009 Michael died, and I can’t change that.

When my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer I felt helpless and hopeless. Watching someone you know slowly, painfully, be taken from you by cancer is a horrifying experience.  Two years after his death I still could not shake those feelings. That sense of helplessness was preventing me from being the kind of Mom (and now Dad) that I wanted to be for our son Garret.  I had to do something.  I had to shake that feeling.  I had to find my own personal journey to fight back against cancer.

I decided to do a triathlon, and raise funds for cancer research.

Just one small problem – I did not have a road bike.  I was trying to support one charity, but it was another charity that came to my aid and supported me. Uphill into the Wind loaned me a bicycle. I would not have been able to complete that physical and emotional journey without a quality road bicycle.  If it were not for their generosity, I would still be stuck in that hopeless stage.

I’m happy to say I’ve completed several fundraising rides.  I’ve met an amazing community of philanthropists and cyclists that I now call friends.  I know I’m helping, and I am once again filled with hope for a cure.

For me, the path to healing started with giving.

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