Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington from UK Auctions Frame to Fight ALS - From IronmanLive.com

Two years ago many of us were saying "Chrissie who?" and now she is quickly becoming one of the most beloved Ironman champions. Her genuine benevolent acts toward many are coming through. Change starts with one person; one pro, willing to go the extra mile to help in hopes that others will follow and make a difference.

I have never met her. I don't know her.

...but I thank her for her help in the battle against the wrecking ball of a disease called ALS.

For more information on how you can help....

www.spinforals.com

www.waronals.com

Wellington Auctions Frame for Blazeman Foundation
Money raised to go towards fight against ALS
Published Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ford Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington is auctioning the frame she rode to win in Kona (along with the Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship, the Alp D'Huex Long Course Triathlon, Ironman 70.3 Timberman and the ITU World Long Course Championship) to benefit the Blazeman Foundation.

According to the foundation’s website (www.waronals.com): “The Blazeman Foundation for ALS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is a family foundation that serves to carry out the vision of its namesake and founder, the late Jonathan "Blazeman" Blais. Contributions to the foundation are tax deductible.
“The mission of the Blazeman Foundation for ALS is 1) to raise awareness about ALS by leveraging the energy, commitment and compassion of the multi-sport community and 2) to raise necessary funds to be directed into cutting-edge scientific research to find treatments and an eventual cure for ALS...So Others May Live.”
In 2005 Blais completed the Ford Ironman World Championship despite having been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. His family started the Blazeman Foundation, which has been avidly supported by many Ironman athletes.
The auction is taking place on E-Bay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320317766653).
According to Wellington, in addition to the autographed frame, the winner of the auction will receive:
* A signed, unused TYR racing singlet, with my 2008 sponsors
* My 2008 cycling shoes that she wore in Kona (autographed as well)
* My 2007 Kona running shoes (autographed as well)
* An autographed copy of the January 2009 issue of Triathlete Magazine, featuring me on the cover* A blurb and photo in Triathlete Magazine congratulating the winning bidder (if the winning bidder so chooses)
* A signed copy of the 30th anniversary Ironman hard cover commemorative book
* A letter of authenticity for all products signed by me
* A nutrition pack from Cytosport

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