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April 2012




April 2012 Newsletter

Upcoming Team Events


Women’s Night at Wheat Ridge Cyclery April 12, 2012, 6:30 – 9:00


This is a gathering for women to try out bikes and other gear specifically designed for them.  Wine, beer, and appetizers will be served.


CCTBL will be hosting a booth and handing out information on our team and LIVESTRONG.  


Further information can be found here:


CCTBL/Wheat Ridge Cyclery Ride

May 5, 2012



To get more information and register, go to our team website and look at the event page –


May 26-28, 2012Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango, Colorado

Register at  Several members of CCTBL will be there.  The 50-mile “Citizens Tour” is sold out, but all other events are still open. If you do sign up, search for “Colorado Cycling Team Benefiting LIVESTRONG” on the Teams page. 


August 11, 2012:  BStrong Ride, Boulder, Colorado

Register for the BStrong ride, which will have options for either a 69-mile “Mountain Loop” or a 25-mile “Countryside Loop” starting in north Boulder.   Proceeds from this ride will benefit LIVESTRONG, the Boulder Community Hospital, and the George Karl foundation.    You can register at


April Triva Question

Q: How many calories does a 130-lb person burn up in one hour on a bicycle going 14 mph? (Answer at the bottom of this column).


This month’s healthy recipe - Kale

We can compare anti-cancer diets, and there are many differing opinions as to which is the right diet to follow.  However, they all agree that we should be eating more fresh, local, organic vegetables.   One of the most nutritious vegetables is kale, but many people don’t know how to cook it.  Here’s a simple method of cooking kale that’s quite delicious.


Sauteed Kale

One head of kale (regular, red, or Dino)

1 tbsp olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and pepper


Wash kale and trim long stems.  Fold over each large leaf and cut out and discard the the large center rib.  Cut kale  into smaller pieces and blanche them in boiling water for about 5 minutes until the leaves are softened.  Drain the kale, and then return to the pan.  Stir in the olive oil and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes or until the garlic is clear.  Before serving, sprinkle with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.



Trivia question answer:

A 130 lb person burns up 402 calories in 1 hour on a bicycle going 14 mph.




Team Member Monthly Profile – Steve Burns



Steve running the Austin marathon in March, 2012


Although Steve Burns likes to cycle, his first love is running.


Steve was the 5th of 6 children, born in 1968 of Irish immigrants in the back seat of a car (born mind you, not conceived…an important distinction), during a snow storm in Buffalo, NY. He was the first U.S. citizen in his family and had to suffer along with his little sister for 11 some odd years until the rest of the Burns clan (fuzzy foreigners) became citizens in 1979. After receiving his BA degree in physics from Hamilton College in 1990, he sobered up and decided that neither teaching or research were his passion and decided to pursue a BS in Civil Engineering from Columbia University with which he could pursue his love of buildings and architecture. In 2001 he graduated from Colorado State University with an MBA.


From the days of shoveling dirt as a construction laborer 27 years ago, Steve has enjoyed helping to build America. Currently, he is working for Pinkard Construction in Lakewood, CO as their Director of Preconstruction Services.


On February 11, 2008, Steve got the call from his urologist who reported that he had leiomyosarcoma  (LMS) of the spermatic chord. There are somewhere between 10 and 20 cases of this type of LMS diagnosed in the U.S. each year (slightly worse chances than winning Powerball, but nowhere near as much fun). At the time of diagnosis, Steve and his wife Kelly’s twin girls were just 18 months old. With Kelly’s Herculean support and the support of his friends and family, he made it through another surgery and 4 cycles of Adriamycin/Ifosfomide/Mesna (AIM) chemotherapy.


On February 7, 2009, Steve ran his first post treatment trail marathon in Sedona, AZ for LIVESTRONG and raised over $11,000. Since then, he has been a diehard supporter of LIVESTRONG and is dedicated to helping other survivors in their cancer journey.



Steve honored many CCTBL members when he ran in the Austin marathon.


He has enjoyed competing for Team LIVESTRONG and the CCTBL in the Iron Horse Bike Classic, Ride 4 Yellow, Ski 4 Yellow, New York City Marathon, Austin Marathon, WRC LIVESTRONG Day Ride, Leadville Silver Rush, Wild West Relay, and the upcoming 2012 Boston Marathon.


Steve currently serves as the Treasurer of the CCTBL Board of Directors and on the Exempla/St.Joe’s Colorado Cancer Center Patient Advisory Committee. He is also currently working with CCTBL VP, George Florentine, to further our team’s 2012 volunteer and outreach efforts. Please contact Steve or George if you would like to get more involved in our outreach efforts.


Steve’s favorite movie quote is “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption


The LIVESTRONG Assembly Meeting

By Susan Bockhoff


On March 28-30, 2012, over five hundred LIVESTRONG Leaders and partners from all over the world got together in Austin, Texas, for the LIVESTRONG Assembly. The Assembly has been a yearly event for members of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, including staff members and organizations participating in LIVESTRONG’s many Community Impact projects. However, this was the first year that the regional leaders (all volunteers) have been included. CCTBL members Rich Easton, Steve Burns, George Florentine, and Susan Bockhoff all helped to represent Region 9, which includes Colorado and Kansas.


Being new to the Leaders group, I was curious to see what my fellow leaders would be like and also to find out what they’ve been working on. The one thing that I knew we all had in common is that we’re all trying to raise awareness and support for cancer survivors in our communities.


We arrived at the Renaissance hotel on Wednesday, March 28th, and the lobby was already swarming with people wearing yellow LIVESTRONG wristbands and yellow and black clothing bearing the LIVESTRONG logo. It didn’t take long for people to start exchanging stories. We met Ahsan from Pakistan, who told us that he was trying to help cancer patients there who had literally no access to medical care or cancer treatments. “There are no drugs, no doctors, nothing anyone can do to help them, so what can I tell them?” he shrugs. “I lie and tell them that they will be fine, when I know there is no hope for them and they’re going to die.” Ahsan is here to see if there is any hope that he can bring back to these people.


Then there’s Brett from West Virginia, who was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was only two years old. After surviving that, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the age of 10, and had to endure additional rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. He is at this point a 10 year survivor, and is participating in studies of the long-term effects of chemotherapy at such a young age. “But I’m still here,” he grins. “My grandma calls me the Walking Miracle. I feel that God has kept me alive for a purpose, and that is to help others who are diagnosed with cancer, to keep them from having to go through what I went through.” Brett has founded the Walking Miracles foundation in West Virginia to help provide support and services to rural cancer patients who have little access to the services we take for granted in cities. Check out for more information on the great work that Brett is doing in his community.


You soon learn that everyone here has a cancer story, either their own story or someone close to them that has caused them to want to be of service to others. Everyone here is bound by the desire to give back, to help others who maybe have not been fortunate enough to have access to the treatments that can save their lives.


Over the next two days we broke out into multiple tracks to learn about what LIVESTRONG is doing and to then take that knowledge back to our own regions. The tracks included sessions on “Raising Awareness and Education”, “Fundraising”, and “Demanding Change”. Another focus of LIVESTRONG this year will be on raising awareness of cancer globally. Cancer is now the number one killer of people worldwide, higher than heart disease and AIDS. There are many countries where even having cancer is considered a stigma, and people can’t even get the most basic medical care, never mind help for their family members who need to care for them.


We found out that Seattle also has a group who has started a cycling team benefiting LIVESTRONG – you can find out more about them at their website  at


LIVESTRONG is a small centralized, paid organization augmented by hundreds of volunteers to bring programs back to the communities. The regional volunteer groups have a lot of freedom to set up the programs that are needed the most in their communities. This is not an accident According to Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG’s CEO, the LIVESTRONG organization purposely set out to follow this model instead of forming a large centralized group like the American Cancer Society. The goal of LIVESTRONG is to be not the largest, but the most efficient cancer fundraising group in the United States. This means the most money raised that actually goes to help cancer survivors instead of being used to fund the organization itself. The model appears to be working – a full 81% of the money raised is channeled back out to cancer survivors and their families.


At our lunch session on Thursday, Doug Ulman announced a surprise guest, and Lance Armstrong walked out on stage to huge applause. He was very unassuming – wearing khakis and a t-shirt, and speaking pretty informally. He talked about his work at the Global Cancer Summit, about LIVESTRONG’s goals for the year, and thanked all of the volunteers there in Austin. One thing that really touched me was that Lance told us that, even after 15 years as a survivor, he has never stopped thinking that the cancer could come back at any time. Just like all of us, he has to take one day at a time and enjoy the life he has today.


You can hear Lance’s talk on YouTube at the following link:


After some networking sessions, some silly dancing, and lots of exchange of information, I came away from the Assembly with a renewed respect for LIVESTRONG as an organization, and especially for my fellow volunteers who are doing amazing work all over the world. I am proud to be part of this group that is changing the way the world thinks about cancer.