Mike Baker riding in Cancer Benefit Race - Ray Porter Memorial 6 Hour - 2017 Edition

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Hi Friends and Family, Those of you that know my story are well aware of the loss that my family has suffered and you also know my passion for riding bikes. 

I lost my mom Beryl, to breast cancer in 2011, and my brother Phil in 2002 to Melanoma. As I type this, my father is battling as well. I have been fortunate in my life but what I learned in watching them all fight is that this life is a gift. It is fleeting and it is meant to be lived and enjoyed. The sadness we feel in the loss of a loved one is because of all the great times we had with them. 

The times I can still feel my mom and brother the most is when I am on my bike. We have great conversations. BUT I need to do something to help others and this Big Pig thing was it for me. This is a grassroots organization that takes the money you give, and pays the bills of the families that are fighting cancer. I say "families" because it is a fight that involves everyone. 100% of your money goes straight to a family that needs it.  

So I get to ride my bike for 6 hours and talk it out with my mom. You get to help a family focus on the fight and not the bills. This is a win, win, win because your donation is tax-deductible. 

 I am partnering with Big Pig Cancer Foundation and raising money for Ray Porter Memorial 6 Hour Cancer Benefit Race - 2017 Edition. I sincerely appreciate your support for this fundraiser and my goal. You can donate now and by hitting “Give Now” on the upper right.

You can give with any major credit card and it only takes 30 seconds. I appreciate it so very much.

Thank you for joining me!

Amy Havekost
Sorry to hear about the injury and you can't do the ride. :-( Still a great cause! Hope you're back on the bike soon and here's to kicking cancer's ass!
Marta Smerk
Maybe next time... Get welll. # Fuckcancer
Mimi and Bill Macek
In memory of my sister Beryl Baker! XoXo
Mike, Hope all is well and good luck with the ride. Jake
Kimberly Steele $25.00
Anonymous $165.00
Phil Baker
In memory of Beryl T. Baker and Phillip C. Baker. Never stop fighting! It's worth every minute!!!
Michael Darnell $100.00
My stepdaughter is fighting cancer right now. Thank you for supporting a great cause. The last thing people need is to worry about finances when they're taking on the biggest battle of their life.
Amy Puckett
Ride on!
Kristie Faust
Von E. Breaux
All the best my friend......Ride On!
Shawn Weeks
Great cause, great guy, good luck!
Stephanie Angry-Ano $150.00
Brian Bigley & James Fults
James and I love you and your family!!! Kick cancer's butt!
Jennifer Lee $25.00
Gabe G.
Hope you make your goal.
Norm H Christiansen $10.00
steve cooney
Ride on Mike Baker
Anonymous $20.00
Amadieo Morales $25.00
Happy to support you Mike. What a great cause!!
Anthony and Melissa Symes
raimundo portilla
Hope you reach that goal quickly!

January 19, 2017 6:42 PM

Hi friends! 

First and foremost, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all you have given. I am so grateful for your support.

It's been awhile since I posted and I wanted to let you know about a few things.

#1) I was voted onto the Big Pig Racing Team. That was truly humbling and exciting. It's a lot to live up to but I am COMMITTED to the ride and COMMITTED to this cause. It is the Big Pig Cancer Foundation that attracted me in the first place but moreover, I am surrounded by men and women that are passionate about the sport of cycling and 100% COMMITTED.

#2) While training for this race and the El Paso Puzzler, I had an accident and ended up tearing my ACL, MCL, Meniscus and fractured my Fibula. I'll have surgery in a couple weeks to repair the damage but unfortunately I will not be on my bike for a while. Dr. says I will make a full recovery. It could have been much worse. 

#3) I will still be at the race. I am planning to help on the "stairway to bacon" (yes that's a thing) or anywhere else I am needed. I COMMITTED to this and I am going to see it through. Your donations are vital whether I race or not. 

Your commitment to me has been overwhelming and I plan to see this through. I will recover, I am COMMITTED to the RIDE!

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