SFT Kickoff – Thursday, August 18

My dear friends and family in Bend. Please join me at the SFT Kickoff Party this Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Compass Park in Northwest Crossing. It’s a casual, meet & greet potluck, so bring a healthy dish to share. Plates and utensils will be provided. (Sorry, there’s no BBQ at the facility, but feel free to bring your own gas grill if you’re craving some meat.)

We’ll have some SFT Schwag:

Perfect Foods Bars samples (YUM!):

Giveaways from Garmin:

Schwag and sunscreen from The John Wayne Cancer Foundation and Team Duke:


Plus, good food, community and lots of smiles. See you there!




Lesson learned this weekend: tenacity may not be measurable, but it is most definitely perceptible.

I spent the past few days volunteering at the Tenacity Games in Hood River, Oregon with the crew from the John Wayne Cancer Foundation & athletes from Team Duke. The Games are a cancer awareness and fundraising event put on by the Foundation that includes the sports of kiteboarding, stand-up paddling and kayaking.

Attendees varied from professional athletes to cancer survivors and everyone had a story to share about why there were there and who they were honoring through their participation. I had the opportunity to spend time with a number of young adults who had been attendees at a recent cancer survivor camp in Maui.

Looking into their eyes, I finally understood the meaning of tenacity: their gazes were filled with a determination to live, an appreciation of the hundreds of folks who came out to support their struggle and a thankfulness for simply being present on that day.                I can only hope that while on the Tour I will be blessed with a small portion of the grace & tenacity with which they acted all weekend.

The John Wayne Cancer Foundation is the School Food Tour’s primary sponsor and I feel honored to be a part of their fantastic and passionate family. Healthy food and physical activity are two important components of cancer prevention and I look forward to sharing this message with the classes and adults that I will meet along my route. For more information about Team Duke and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, please visit their website: http://teamduke.org. You can even become a Team Duke member (it’s free!) and dedicate your personal challenge to the fight against cancer.