“VIVA CATIE II” is what their jerseys said as we went to go meet 20 riders plus Support Team on the final leg of their bike ride from Clarksville, TN to the LAF Headquarters in Austin, TX. This is the second year they have visited us and we were more than happy to join up for the 40 mile escort into Austin! As we made our way it was great to see some returning faces from last year, and was also good to meet new riders making this 1200 mile trek! They endured some tough days as heat was more of a factor this year than last. Joining the group this year was Christina Summers, Catie?s older sister and their father Bill. As we celebrated the end of their trip at HQ with pizza we were reminded once again why this event is so important to the community that Catie made such a lasting impression on. Danny Magrans, the Spanish Teacher from Clarksville High School, spoke about the kind of young lady Catie was and spoke about two causes they were raising money for. The first being the LAF, as Catie had been a Ride for the Roses participant in 2005 and the second being the Catie Summer?s Memorial Scholarship Fund. It is the dream and vision of Bill Summer?s that since his daughter was not able to go to college, somebody else should in her name. In two years this group of dedicated individuals has raised $25,000 and halve raised almost that much for the Scholarship Fund.
I think the entire staff of the LAF will agree that it is moments like this, of seeing such young kids have a passion for those fighting cancer, that make our jobs so worthwhile. It is such a beautiful example of a way to grieve such a courageous spirit! Thanks again VIVA CATIE, we look forward to next year!!!!