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Wednesday 13 December 2017  ·  10:46 AM UTC

Support for the 2006 Tour De Thailand

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. I'm writing you to share some recent experiences and to ask for your help. Not long ago, I took my sabbatical to travel and do photography across South East Asia, an amazing journey that truly changed my perspective. Though I've donated funds before to help those less fortunate than we are, after seeing some devastating situations firsthand, I wanted to know what else I could do to give back.

Traveling brings other cultures closer to you, and sometimes this is not an easy thing. I visited some of the tsunami ravaged areas along the Andaman coast of Thailand, and spoke with locals who were open about their experiences. I also went to the remote Xieng Khouang province of Laos where bomblets from American cluster bombs still lie unexploded in the farmers' fields. This was hard to believe, since several decades have passed since the bombing stopped. I felt an immediate sense of wanting to help.

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After I got home, I reached out and began volunteering, doing software project management and web development for the Jhai Foundation, whose origins are rooted in reparations and reconciliation with the country of Laos. Being more directly involved for the first time has been really rewarding.

So, when a college friend asked me to join him in a bicycle ride for charity in the region, it seemed an amazing opportunity to raise awareness and needed funds toward a noble pursuit.

I recently committed myself to riding in the annual "SangSom Tour de Thailand" which covers Thailand from Chiang Mai to Phuket (over 2,000 km / 1,250 mi) over four weeks. This event is a charity fundraiser/bicycle tour that raises money to help people who are suffering from leukemia and other blood related cancers. The beneficiary is The Max Foundation (TMF), a U.S. based 501(c)(3) registered charity. TMF operates worldwide, helping those who cannot afford treatment and has many other programs to deal with these devastating but often curable cancers.

Unfortunately, cancer is no stranger to my family, and leukemia has also taken the life of a close family friend. It will mean a lot to me to be able to help others in need, complete a bicycle journey of great distance, and experience a different and exciting culture. In other words, I feel compelled to challenge myself to something else I've never done.

To make this happen, I will cover my registration fee, and my transportation overseas to and from the event. I also have to take time off from work and train for the ride itself. Lastly, I'm currently raising the charitable requirement, with your help. I have signed up for all four weeks of the tour and need to raise a minimum of $2,500.00 in donations to be eligible to participate. I'm asking if you would please sponsor me in this incredible event. Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors, all the donations are tax-deductible and 100% of all money donated goes directly to the charity.

You can support me in the "SangSom Tour de Thailand 2006" in one of two ways:

  • go to the TMF website and click on "Contribute", or simply click here. You will be able to use a credit card over a secure connection.
  • write a check (from a U.S. bank) to The Max Foundation, 110 W Dayton, Suite 205, Edmonds, WA 98020 USA

IMPORTANT: In order for me to be credited with your donation, please leave a comment in the space available on the donation page (or on your check memo line) that you are "donating in support of Marc Cirovic." If your employer has a charitable matching gift program (please ask!), your submission must also be noted here.

The deadline for donations is approaching so time is of the essence--the ride begins December 1. Anything you can do to help will be much appreciated.

For more information about the event, you can visit the Tour de Thailand website, or you can directly.

Thanks again for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Marc Cirovic