Race For Life
We will host our DOUBLE POINTS Race For Life on March 17, 2017. Registration will be from 6:00-7:00 pm. Race fees are $20 per bike. All local riders need to pick up a Race For Life fundraiser packet from registration. The fundraiser packets need to be turned in on March 17, 2017.
TODD KINGSBURY’S LEGACY
In Michigan, an 11 year-old Waterford Oaks local named Todd Kingsbury was leading in District Points. Today, he would be described as your typical “hardcore BMX racer.” Todd loved racing. But something was awry. In the course of the summer, Todd went from winning mains to struggling to make it out of his motos. By late July, at the Michigan State Championship Todd crashed. Although his arm hurt, it checked out fine and nothing was broken. But for the following weeks, it kept hurting. After getting bumped at school, his arm swelled up-a LOT. Concerned, his parents rushed him to the docs for a detailed checkup. After spending the next nine days at the hospital, the news came. And it wasn’t good. Todd Kingsbury was diagnosed with Leukemia. And was now in the biggest race he’d ever entered. The race for his life.
BMX RACING TAKES ON THE FIGHT
The American Bicycle Association quickly learned of the situation and pitched in to help. As it still is today, the BMX world of tight-knit families and friends all united for this cause. To help in the fight against Leukemia was truly BMX’s first – and now longest lasting, charity. The first Race for Life was held in 1981, and spread to tracks all around the country. All proceeds went to the National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help in their search for a cure. That first year raised over $223,000, and that number has steadily climbed each year, for the past 30 years. Todd was able to race that day, at the now historic Race for Life at his home track. The disease had taken a lot out of him, but he kept riding; some say harder than anyone out there. On that day, he was declared Waterford’s Honorary Race Director. While the sad news in this story is that Todd passed September 13, 1981 – at the young age of 12, the happy ending to this tale is that his legacy and our sports’ memory of him, still lives on today, 30 plus years later.
Todd Kingsbury was laid to rest in his Factory Powerlite uniform. A life cut short at 12, Todd has left a legacy with BMX that continues to this day, as racers, families, friends, and tracks dedicate one day each season for the fight against the disease which claimed the life of a Waterford Oaks local.
Todd Kingsbury is why USA BMX is so dedicated to this important cause; the Fight against Leukemia & Lymphoma
Since its inception in 1949, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® has been committed to finding cures for all blood-related cancers, but has not been able to effectively portray the breadth of its mission under a banner that emphasized a focus only on leukemia. Additionally, the Society is deeply concerned with the dramatic and unexplained rise in incidence rates of lymphoma during the last half of the 20th century. So on February 1, 2000, the Society unveiled a new name and logo. The new name, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® , along with a tag line, Fighting Blood-Related Cancers, was crafted to clarify the diseases that the Society fights.
We`re the same organization with the same mission. But we want everyone with a connection to blood-related cancers - patients, physicians and supporters - to understand that we are committed to fighting all hematological malignancies, including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
The Society was further moved to implement the name change by a startling rise in lymphoma incidence rates. Statistics from the National Cancer Institute show that from the mid 70s into the 90s, lymphoma rates rose by more than 70 percent, which made it the third fastest rising cancer in the country during that period. Today 454,000 Americans have lymphoma. In 1999 alone an estimated 64,000 new cases were diagnosed. New cases of non-Hodgkin`s lymphoma are rising by 1.1 percent per year while death rates are rising by 1.8 percent each year.
To learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® and it`s mission, Click here