Monday, June 28, 2004

Life Outside "Ragtime"

People often have prior commitments when they enter the rehearsal period for a show. Often for the summer show, it's a pre-planned vacation.

Well, one hardy cast member has a prior commitment, and the weekend before opening night, no less. I'm not sure you can call it a vacation. Nonetheless, it's a meaningful story.

Joe Colletti is going to be riding his bike from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon...that's 206 just two days!

Why? Well, it's not just that he's crazy, it's for a good cause. He is working with the group Team in Training to undertake the ride to raise funds that go to research Leukemia, Lymphoma and other related diseases.

Team in Training is an amazing organization because it takes people who are not athletes and trains them to undertake marathons, triathlons and this kind of event. Joe has actually done this before, so he's an old pro.

I have two friends who coach for this group, and it's such a win-win situation...contributing to a cause you believe in AND reaching some pretty incredible personal, physical goals.

Joe lost his dad at age 10 to Leukemia, so this has personal resonance for him.

If you'd like to hear more of Joe's story, learn more about Team in Training or help him reach his goals, check our his personal Team in Training page at:

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