Sunday, June 25, 2017

#TNT Because : Meet Thad Smith

We are continuing our series on the blog with interviewing current Team In Training (TNT) participants. Today we are chatting with Thad Smith of Dallas.  Thad just completed his first TNT event where he rode in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe. Thad and other members of Team Texas raised nearly $200,000 for LLS. Read on to hear more of why Thad joined up with the Team this season.  

1. What made you decide to participate in the Tahoe Century Ride? 

First, Blake and Rebecca Holmes are dear friends who I admire and respect.  Their son, Gage, was diagnosed with Leukemia 10 years ago and has been healed.  He’s a thriving 14 year old boy now.  So, I rode to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his life.  Secondly, I’ve done other rides before which were about personal accomplishment, but not part of a group effort for a greater cause.  With TNT I was training with others focused on raising funds and awareness for Leukemia and Lymphoma research and treatment. 

Me (on left) and Ricardo Meade overlooking Emerald Bay

 2. What got you involved with Team In Training?

 I was asked by the Holmes’ to join their team and be part of the effort.

3. Finish this sentence, I do "TNTBecause..."

I do “TNT because I fight alongside all of the brave children and adults who are afflicted with Leukemia and Lymphoma.”

4. Tell us about the team you are cycling with. 

Team Gage is a dozen folks who are friends with Blake and Rebecca as well as a few family members.  Our “day jobs” range from wealth management to homemaker to plastic surgeon and even an adult oncologist.   Some of us were relative newcomers to cycling and needed to rent a bike while others had a good deal of experience and had done other century rides.

The team at the start of the ride @ 6AM.

Post Ride Brunch: (Left to right)- Ricardo Meade, Me, Blake Holmes, Rebecca Holmes, Houston Holmes, Sheila Holmes, Erin Schreyer, Ed Schreyer

It's not too late to join the TEAM this season.  Register for an event today.

1 comment:

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