President of Litigation Solutions, Inc. Colorado, Michael Lopez, joined 270 other cyclists on the Wheels of Justice team at the Courage Classic Tour. The Tour took cyclists on a three-day ride covering 157 miles to raises funds to benefit the Children’s Hospital Colorado – Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The Tour ran July 19 – 21, 2014.
The Wheels of Justice team is comprised mostly of attorneys and the legal community. The team raised more than $365,000—an impressive $81,000 more than any other team!
This is Lopez’s third year riding with the Wheels of Justice team. He joined in 2012 after his friend, Bernie Gehris, shared the story of losing his son Nathan to leukemia at two years old.
“Bernie shared his story with me and I knew had to join the cause to fight pediatric cancer,” said Lopez.
Gerhris’s passion filled the room as he spoke about the Courage Classic. “Everybody on the team cares about cycling and kids with cancer. My loss focused my attention to raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer,” said Gehris.
He continued, “The Wheels of Justice leadership exudes passion for funding pediatric cancer. Their enthusiasm is inspirational and is what has helped the team grow to 271 members.”
Wheels of Justice director, Heather Leja found the same passion and inspiration when she joined the team 10 years ago.
“I was reluctantly transitioning from running to cycling when someone suggested I participate in the Courage Classic. When I completed my first tour, I knew immediately that the inspiration and spirit of the event was unmatched, and I had found my new passion,” said Leja.
Over the years, Leja’s role grew from participant to director. She works year-round with other committee members to find sponsors, plan training rides and spread the word about Courage Classic. She is also one of the top fundraisers on the Wheels of Justice team.
This year the Wheels of Justice team honored former teammate Steven Adams.
Adams and his wife Joan Slaughter were active participants in the fight against pediatric cancer. They lost their daughter Morgan to cancer in 1998 and founded the Morgan Adams Foundation in her honor. Adams lost his own battle to a rare form of cancer on Sept. 23, 2013. Together, the couple helped raised millions to support pediatric cancer research and therapies.
“Bernie and Steven suffered devastating, heartbreaking losses that no parent should suffer. I ride as a tribute to them and their loved ones,” said Lopez. He continued, “I hope my participation in the Courage Classic brings awareness to cancer’s devastating impact on those affected by it, and helps fund research to find a cure.”
If you would like to help LSI in their efforts with Wheels of Justice by donating or sponsoring the Courage Classic, you can contact Michael Lopez or the Wheels of Justice cycling team or visit www.wheelsofjusticecycling.org.