cycling for NationalKidneyFoundatin

$5,485 of $20k goal

Raised by 54 people in 4 months
Thursday Gervais Dubina  BLOOMINGTON, IL
Hi! Thanks for looking at my gofundme page . I'm racing the worlds hardest and longest ultracycling race, the Red Bull Transiberian Extreme to raise awareness for The National Kidney Foundation.

Our GoFundMe Story

Sometimes life gives us challenges and sometimes we seek them out. It’s my turn to choose! My name is Thursday Gervais, I am a cancer survivor, I am an ultra-distance cyclist, and I will be the first female to race my bicycle 9224 km across Russia in 25 days, 14 stages, setting a world record. I am competing in the RedBull Trans-Siberian Extreme. It’s the world’s longest and toughest bicycle race. Twice the distance of the Race Across America, and I’m doing it solo. But here is the important part. I want to show other women and girls that there are no limits to what they can do, including ultra-distance cycling and, in the process; I will be raising money for the National Kidney Foundation and Organ Donor Awareness. Why the National Kidney Foundation? I’m taking Denile Hill, fellow cyclist, with me on this adventure as my support person. She has had a  kidney transplant and spent 12 years on dialysis awaiting the second transplant. Without the NKF Denile would not be here to support me. I need your support to cross that finish line in Vladivostok. Donations will be used in part, to get us to Russia and back, purchase items we are unable to acquire through sponsors and incidentals that may occur while we are in Russia. The majority of the money raised will go to the NKF. Please consider donating and please share our story.

Using the RBTSE as a Platform to Raise Money for The National Kidney Foundation

A partnership with a charity or cause campaign can provide a win-win-win for all involved. Example;RAAM racers raised over $2 million for over 30 charitable causes via last year’s race. These numbers, and the underlying formula for charitable
partnership, indicate an obvious opportunity for all parties!

I am excited about the growing link between RBTSE and charitable cause campaigns. One of my priorities for the upcoming race is to strengthen the relationship between the RBTSE organization and the
charitable organizations supported by myself and other racers. I want to demonstrate that RBTSE is a viable marketing platform
for the charitable organizations and offer substantial value for their causes.

For example, in 2007, Team Donate Life had 30 racers in RAAM, on 6 different racing teams, raising money and awareness in several markets across the country
prior to RAAM. During RAAM, those 6 teams, and their entourage of support, used their visibility and exposure to
spread a simple message across the country, “sign up to be an organ donor.”
In recent years, the media has been most receptive to covering the stories of racers aligned with charitable causes. By far, the
majority of coverage in recent years has been for these stories.

Charitable work is a known concept that the media can understand. The magnitude of racing non-stop across
the country is sometimes vague for the media; however, there is no mystery to the concept of people doing philanthropic work.
For example, in 2007 we saw a feature-length article covering RAAM’s progress, in a major media market, that
had no direct connection with any of the racers. However, they picked up on the compelling mission of Team Donate Life,
and reported on the RAAM as a whole, from that perspective.

The National Kidney Foundation does not incur any staff time or
resources to support me and I will bring them new monies and exposure for their mission via my participation in RBTSE.

The NKF receives a specified portion of the monies (no less than 80%, the remaining 20% will cover my race costs and entry.), I raise on their behalf. In the event I am unable to race, the NKF will be gifted 100% of the donations received . This type of fundraising, where a portion is for personal use, and the other portion is charitable, is classified by law as "commercial fundraising" and is tax deductible based on individual state laws.

I am deeply grateful to be able to combine my passion for endurance racing and helping people into one event. RBTSE redefines a bucket list item ‎and thanks to our many supporters, we were able to make a meaningful contribution to the National Kidney Foundation

The amount of effort racers put into training and race logistics and then carry that over to such strong fund raising effort is impressive. It makes an already iconic event that much more important to everybody involved, and I hope to see that continue long into the future.
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Update 7
Posted by Thursday Gervais
3 months ago
 I'd like you all to meet Denile Hill, my inspiration.

Here is her story, in her words...

Hi there! My name is Denile Hill and I am the support manager for Thursday Gervais. She is racing solo in the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme(RBTSE) July 18 - Aug.11, 2017. The race itself is 14 stages in 24 days. It's the world's toughest and longest ultra stage cycling race.

On top of racing Thursday has committed to raise $100k for the National Kidney Foundation using the RBTSE as a platform for this charity.

I met Thursday at Trek HQ. We were both scholarship recipients of a Repair Technician Certification meant to encourage women to stay in the cycling industry. What I didn't know at the time was that Thursday was looking for someone to go to Russia with her and be her support manager.

 Here is where our story gets interesting. Thursday was also looking for a charity to raise money for during this race. She is an ovarian cancer survivor.

 In Sept. 2015 I received my second kidney transplant after 12 years on kidney dialysis. Cycling was one of the few things I was able continue to do throughout my those 12 years. I had a secret wish to live to see my 45th birthday. Thursday had no knowledge of any of my medical history. She called me on my 45th birthday to ask me to go to Russia with her.

It was an amazing opportunity and here I was just happy to be alive.

An opportunity that without a kidney transplant I could not have said yes to.

 This is no small undertaking and means way more than a month of unpaid work. But what the heck! I told her the details of my history and said that if she would make the National Kidney Foundation her charity I'd commit to this adventure. Now we're a team with a ton of work to do and a record to set.

In the interest of keeping this as brief as possible I'll end this story here. We would love to share the details with you and your listeners and spread the word about this amazing undertaking.

 We are both cyclists and know the power of the bike. It has seen us both through some very dark days and so has our cycling community. We both work very hard in our personal and professional lives to encourage women and girls to challenge themselves. We both wish to use this race to also uplift women all over the world.
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Update 6
Posted by Thursday Gervais
3 months ago
NEW!!! CORPORATE Sponsorship Menu

Platinum Sponsor (1) - $10,000
• Logo on Front, back, and sleeves of Jersey
• Large banner on website/link to company website
• *Weekly social media posts prior to event/daily during RBTSE (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) – including hashtags
• *Weekly Blog Posts before & during RBTSE
• Appearance at company event of sponsor’s choice
• Mention in book being written about Thursday and the RBTSE

Gold Sponsors (2) - $5,000
• Logo on sides of jersey
• Large logo on website/link to company website
• *Weekly social media posts before and during RBTSE – including hashtags
• *Weekly blog posts before & during RBTSE
• Mention in book being written about Thursday and the RBTSE

Silver Sponsors (4) - $2,500
• Small logo on back of jersey
• *Weekly social media posts before and during RBTSE – including hashtags
• *Small logo on homepage/link to company website
• Weekly blog posts before & during RBTSE

*social media and blog posts will also include the accounts of Thursday Gervais’ support manager, Denile Hill.
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Update 5
Posted by Thursday Gervais
3 months ago
With each $100 you donate, you receive a "Road to Russia" print signed by thursday gervais, from the Curly Tale Gallery.
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Update 4
Posted by Thursday Gervais
3 months ago
The effort is much more than just a personal goal for most of us.
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme..
Yup, its a personal goal to achieve efforts got me here...
But what started as a personal goal, has turned into team effort.When my dear friend,team mate, and 2x Kindney transplant survivor Denile Hill stepped on board as my manager and support, everything changed. 12 years on dialysis for this strong lady, and another new Kidney a year ago from a living donor, has given us both another goal.the National Kidney Foundation saved her life, and we are cycling across Russia,to raise awareness and give back. Our personal goals of crossing the finish line are secondary to the big picture,and its much bigger than the both of us. It's about giving back to those that have helped save the lives of our friends, families, team mates and supporters.
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$5,485 of $20k goal

Raised by 54 people in 4 months
Created November 30, 2016
Thursday Gervais Dubina  
Frank Scalet
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Garron Allman
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Ralph Humphries
1 month ago

Best of luck Thursday! Great cause.

Elroy's Elroy's
1 month ago
Joyce Landers
1 month ago
Kenneth Mills
1 month ago

Rid on for Cancer we need to beat it

Shirly Moritz
1 month ago

Such an inspiration - #RIDE ON!

Gareth Evans
1 month ago

Good luck from a fellow Zwifter!

Claire & Al Sherman
1 month ago

We're very proud of you. ❤️

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