ICON LASIK is excited to announce that patient and pro cyclist Tom Danielson is riding in the ICON LASIK Tour of the Moon on October 6th, 2012. Tom will ride with the 2,000 recreational cyclists throughout the day as they complete the challenging Coors Classic route through the Colorado National Monument. The route was also featured in the movie American Flyers. The Colorado National Monument is just outside of Grand Junction, Colorado. The event will sell out shortly as there are only a limited number of entries available.
Tom Danielson stated that “The ride sounds like a blast! It is definitely a classic route that I can’t wait to ride!” To register for the event visit http://iconlasik.com/tour-of-the-moon
Tom Danielson had eye surgery in Denver after wearing contact lenses almost his entire life. The benefits of the surgery were immediate with improved results on the bike and a better quality of life off of the bike. What many people may not know is that Tom Danielson was actually not a good LASIK candidate! Another clinic in Denver tried to convince him to get LASIK. However, the optometrists at Icon using the advanced prescreening technology determined that he had extremely dry eyes which are a contraindication for LASIK. Fortunately, even though he was not a good LASIK candidate there have been advances in eye surgery in the last few years. Those advances included the introduction, and FDA approval, of VisianICLs. Tom was a perfect candidate for the VisianICLs.
Visian’s ICLs are similar to having semi-permanent contact lenses implanted. The risks are low, the recovery is incredible quick, and the visual acuity is fantastic. In fact, Tom rode for 5 hours the day after his surgery and it was in the middle of the winter in Boulder!
On October 6th, 2012 Tom will take his better than 20/20 vision through the Colorado National Monument with 2,000 recreational cyclists who can also experience the benefits of ICON LASIK’s world class technology, experience, and affordability. To celebrate the Tour of the Moon Icon is offering LASIK for $499 per eye. Some restrictions apply please visit http://iconlasik.com for more information.
ICON LASIK is a proud supporter of cycling in Colorado. ICON LASIK is the official LASIK sponsor of the USA Pro Challenge, the Elephant Rock, and now the inaugural Tour of the Moon. The 2012 USA Pro Challenge saw massive crowds and the ICON LASIK car throughout the week’s tough stages. The Elephant Rock ride is also a Colorado classic for recreational cyclist. It is widely considered the unofficial kick off to the century season in Colorado. And now the Tour of the Moon is the perfect end cap to a great season of cycling before Icon’s skiers and boarders start hitting the snow.
For the past five years, Reece’s family and friends have put together a 5K- / 1-mile run / walk to raise money for Reece and awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
Spinal Muscular Atrophy, known as SMA or Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease is a FATAL recessive genetic disease; that is unknown to most parents at the time of birth; that destroys the nerves that control voluntary muscle movement. This condition is a neuromuscular disorder and a leading cause of death for these children. SMA will not allow these children to ever hold their heads up, roll over, crawl, walk, eat, talk, or move their arms and legs. They will lose their ability to swallow, having no control of their own secretions to protect their airway from aspiration. Also, they will continue to develop PROGRESSIVE neuromuscular weakness throughout their bodies and especially severe intercostals muscle weakness resulting in a weak ineffective cough and inability to handle their own secretions. When these children develop a simple cold, it may lead into a respiratory illness. SMA does NOT affect a child’s intellectual ability, in spite of their failing body. Children with SMA type 1, the most severe type, normally die by the age of 2 years.
In spite of these best intentions, SMA children still end up in the hospital and at times require intubation and mechanical ventilation for respiratory distress in association with a viral or bacterial lung infection, which may have started all with a simple cold. Because of the fragility of the children a cold may cause catabolic stress and they may never regain their prior level of function. They will also experience reflux and delayed gastric emptying. Once a certain level of weakness is reached, consideration of withdrawal of support may be inevitable.
Reece has participated in a clinical trial study at Stanford University in California. The drug that is being tested for SMA is called HYDROXYUREA. This drug is improving Reece’s life and giving SMA a defense from the disease taking over his body. Some major advances we have seen in Reece is his ability in having movement in his hands, arms, neck and head. His smile and facial expressions have not been completely robbed yet by SMA. Reece is currently still taking the drug, which we continue to travel once a year to Stanford for clinical updates.
Give your support for Reece Rubino in his fight against Spinal Muscular Atrophy and continued length and quality of life and download your REGISTRATION FORM HERE.
As cycling fans, many of us know the excitement of watching our favorite pro spring classic or epic stage race. As coverage gets better, we get closer to the action. You can almost feel the pain and adrenaline coursing through the riders as they surge to the line.
Well that’s the TV perspective…
Each of us, in the course of our lives, are presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity. Whether it’s your time to cross the line first or taking on the biggest challenge of your life, you know it when it’s there. You can feel it deep down – this is your chance – your once in a lifetime opportunity. You can take it on with all of your might or let it regrettably slip away.
This year The Road to Victory Bicycle Classic is excited to present to you, a once in a lifetime opportunity and challenge.
The television and magazines are one way to observe cycling, but how about being there?
As in right there…
This exciting announcment came straight from the desk of the General Manager of the BMC Pro Cycling Team:
“General Manager of the BMC Racing Team has offered a ride in the BMC Racing team car to follow one of their riders at the Vail Time Trial during the Quizno’s Pro Challenge”
Imagine, if you will, sitting in a BMC Pro racing team car, adrenaline pumping, radios going, frantic and intense communications being made and one of the world’s best cyclists pounding away on the pedals like it’s the last chance he’ll have in his life to win – all right in front of you.
By this point, you have to be asking yourself, “Could this be my opportunity – my once in a lifetime?”
Just as those with Parkinson’s face their challenge in dealing with the disease, it’s your turn to face – head on – your challenge.
This opportunity will go to the one person who can face the challenge of raising $10,000 or more* by May 21st 2011.
*One individual (as part of a team or individual) with the highest fund-raising amount will receive the prize. Participants are not required to be registered for the Road to Victory Bicycle Classic to win. All donations must be registered through the Davis Phinney Foundation fundraising pages by 11:59pm on May 21st 2011 to qualify for this prize.
It’s a challenge that’s for sure. So is facing Parkinson’s head on and not giving up. Just like those with Parkinson’s, we whole heartedly believe you can meet the challenge with courage and heart.
Are you up to the challenge? Are you ready for this once in a lifetime?
The top fundraiser will also receive 1-2 VIP passes to the Quizno’s Pro Challenge. OK…now what are you waiting for?
If you’re ready, sign up and create your own donation page here.
The clock is ticking and the finish line is only days away… GO! GO! GO!
Also part of this year’s event, the Davis Phinney Foundation is launching its Victory Crew Program for your fundraising efforts.
INTRODUCING THE VICTORY CREW…
To become part of the new Davis Phinney Foundation Victory Crew program you just need to raise $25!
However, if you are up to the challenge, raising more gets you:
- Victory Crew t-shirt – $250 in fund-raising
- Victory Crew Jersey or Athletic Shirt – $1000 in fund-raising
- Invitation to Dinner with Davis Phinney – $5000 in fund-raising
You can easily see the incentives are there to raise funds. We also think you will see that the greatest prize of all for raising funds is the effect you have towards Parkinson’s.
Do your part and you’ll always live with the pride and honor of KNOWING YOU DID SOMETHING GREAT AND YOU ARE A TRUE HERO TO THE CAUSE.
Information provided by: Team Road to Victory Bicycle Classic
If you talk to most people in CO, they will tell you that we live in a great state. We have tons of sunshine, great views, and an abundance of activities. Even with all of that many of us find ourselves in a rut, doing the same things, especially when it comes to our workouts. A great way to Xperience Colorado while still getting a great workout is snowshoeing. Depending on the terrain, one’s body size, and cardio fitness a person can burn between 400 and 900 calories and hour while having a great time. I don’t know about you, but I want my exercise to be fun.
Snowshoeing can be enjoyable for the whole family. There are great trails throughout Colorado that cater to those of us who are beginners, experts, and those who want to have their breath taken away by a stunning view.
Fox31’s Jennifer Broome shows us her trek to Brainard Lake, and she has some great tips on what to take with you on the trail; so take a look, and let us know where your favorite snowshoeing place is.
The holidays are a great time to start new traditions, get together with family and friends and be thankful for our many blessings. In my opinion, we should be “good stewards” of our blessings and pay them forward. Some folks are blessed with financial gain, or with time, some with knowledge and good health. I feel that the best way to show thanks for whatever it is that we are blessed with is to share them with others who may be less fortunate. There are many families right here in Colorado that don’t have a warm place to stay, a coat to wear, or even enough to eat much less to enjoy a big meal with all the trimmings. Many children won’t have a present under the tree this year because times are just too tough. However, we can all help make a difference by getting involved or donating to our favorite charities. Realities for Children, the Douglas-Elbert Task Force, the Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center, the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (Colorado Chapter), and Renewed Hope Charitable Foundation are just a few of the Colorado non-profits that Xperience Colorado has had the privilege to be intimately involved with.
A person does not have to be a celebrity or wealthy to make a difference. Most running, cycling, and walking events are fundraisers for a non-profit organization. Simply by participating or volunteering to assist with the event, you are making a difference. There are those who take this a step further and not only participate in an event, but also raise additional sponsorship dollars. I would like to mention Colorado’s Tracy Wolf. In honor of her mother who past due to pancreatic cancer, Tracy raised over $8,000 participating in the Janus Charity Challenge Iron Man in Arizona. You see, Tracy may not have had $8,000 to give, but because of the things that she is blessed with, she was able to make this happen.
We don’t all have to be Tracy either. If you have an extra coat that you don’t wear anymore, drop it off at a Coats for Colorado location. Drop off some canned food items to your local Task Force or food bank. If you have a bicycle that is no longer used because your child simply out grew it, you can drop it off at one of the participating bike shops for the Bikes for Tykes program and create some smiles.
You see, this truly is “The” season and giving is how we can intimately experience it. You will experience joy and happiness, as well as give them when you choose to make a difference in the life of another.