An event this Sunday, June 2, will demonstrate the strength and commitment of some Arizona lawyers.

In the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe, a nine-member team of lawyers and “friends of the firm” at Zwillinger, Greek and Knecht are pedaling in a 100-mile bike ride fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. LLS is the leading nonprofit organization funding blood cancer research and helping patients and their families The ZGK team’s website states their goal is to raise at least $33,000. As of Monday, May 27, they had exceeded it (though I’ve been told they’d love to raise $50,000—hint hint).

Some members of the Zwillinger Greek & Knecht PC team last year in Lake Tahoe. From L to R: Jack Dearing, Andrew Conlin, Felecia Rotellini, Jamie Burgess and Gary Zwillinger. (Dearing, Rotellini, Burgess and Zwillinger are firm attorneys.)

Some members of the Zwillinger Greek & Knecht PC team last year in Lake Tahoe. From L to R: Jack Dearing, Andrew Conlin, Felecia Rotellini, Jamie Burgess and Gary Zwillinger. (Dearing, Rotellini, Burgess and Zwillinger are firm attorneys.)

The team’s story is well worth reading here.

The leader of the troupe is attorney Jamie Burgess, who lost his brother-in-law to leukemia in 2006. Since then, according to team materials, “He’s personally raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars on rides like this. He’s been recognized as one of the top fundraisers in the U.S.

Attorney Jamie Burgess of Zwillinger, Greek and Knecht

Attorney Jamie Burgess of Zwillinger, Greek and Knecht

The group has been meeting on the weekends for training rides. Those rides began at 5:30 a.m. and ended around noon.

This year’s team is comprised of six lawyers from the firm’s office (Jamie Burgess, Felecia Rotellini, Gary Zwillinger, Jack Dearing, Sara Witthoft and Andrew Breavington) and some others from outside the office (Andy Conlin, Paula Williams and Stephanie Mullins). “The team name is ‘ZGK Riders,’ named after our law firm, Zwillinger Greek & Knecht PC.”

According to spokesman Steve Clawson, “Each member of the group has a personal connection to cancer. They have been riding together on weekends since February averaging 60 to 80 miles each time. They also do individual rides during the week.”

More information on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is here.

And don’t forget you can make your own dent in the diseases without pedaling or perspiring yourself. Contribute to the team’s efforts here.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training logo

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