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).
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.”
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.