Team Survivor Newsletter December 2023

Thank you for your hard work and dedication throughout this year, I am so grateful for your efforts and to have you part of Team Survivor in 2024. Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season and best wishes for the new year! I look forward to another great year of riding and fundraising and couldn’t ask for a better group to do it with! Thanks for signing up with Team Survivor to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Expressly Meli. . .

Hi friends! As we commence training and fundraising, it felt like a good time to talk about the reasons why we do this. You all know that I adore my guy and he is my ‘why’ for so many of the things I do, on and off the bike. I would like to propose having him as our Team Hero this year. Of course, I would rather have him just be our leader, but cancer had other ideas. The outrageous success of our team began with his crazy idea that you could raise $100,000 in donations in a single season. Now here we are preparing to reach $1,000,000 just 9 years later! I can’t think of a better way to honor our captain (and my baby) than to give him the official title of hero! We’ll add his name to the left sleeve of the 2024 jersey above the sunflower!

Gorilla Fundraising $25,508

Just six months left to hit and exceed your fundraising goal for 2024! The donations you raise will help Team Survivor hit $1,000,000 in total fundraising since I began the team in 2016. These donations continue to support blood cancer patients and their families, funding important research for treatment and cures. As always, our goal each year is to raise $100,000 that will fund a blood cancer research portfolio in our team’s name. It’s always best to start early, we have already raised $25,508 but have some work to do! Here are the top 10 fundraisers on December 1st:

  • John Reumann – $11,931
  • Greg Melcher – $1951
  • Meli Reumann – $1838
  • Chin Shaulis – $1745
  • Stephanie Grover – $1304
  • Al Van Tine – $1019
  • Paul Suchoski – $750
  • Kayla VanCleve – $739
  • Joe Ruede – $719
  • Diena McDougald – $681

$74,492 to fund a research grant

$86,843 to reach $1,000,000!

Last chance for Sponsorship!

As mentioned over the last few months, our sponsorship deadline is December 31st as we’ll need time to complete the jersey design and manufacture the kit. All you need is a company to donate $5000 before the end of the year and their logo will be featured on the back of the 2024 Team Survivor jersey. This is a great opportunity for a company to increase brand awareness and visibility. Who wouldn’t want their name on the jersey of one of the top fundraising teams in the country? The $5000 goes directly to your personal fundraising account so this will give you a big jump for the year!

The jersey shown here is just an example to show sponsor logos, the 2024 TS jersey is much cooler than this!

Registration Persuasion

Great news, we now have 30 registered riders for Team Survivor 2024! But, we still have room for more. There are some previous year’s teammates who haven’t signed up yet and several potential new riders that we are all trying to recruit. It’s the last dance for Team Survivor in Tahoe so let’s get everyone signed up and break some records! Here is the link for you or your recruits –

Cowboy Christmas Party

Just a reminder that all registered members of Team Survivor 2024 have been invited to a Cowboy Christmas Party on December 9th, hosted by new Team Survivor member Rick Wilson. Thanks for your hospitality, Rick! Unfortunately Meli and I won’t be able to join but we will be the first in line for next year’s party if Rick invites us back!

November Rides

Cherry Creek Reservoir


What a great day! We had beautiful weather and a great group, including my brother, Dean, who was in town to visit. Dean will be joining Team Survivor in Lake Tahoe next year. Moe’s BBQ after the ride was the cherry on top!

The magic of cookies

Check out these custom cookies a former work colleague made for me and shipped earlier this week!

Thanks again to everyone for your amazing support! Another month with some great rides, countless texts, calls and emails, visits from family and friends along with some delicious food delivery. I had a slight setback this month. My blood tests before my 3rd treatment showed dangerously low white blood cell counts so my treatment was delayed for a week. We got the third treatment completed and started daily injections to keep my WBC up. Nurse Meli is getting pretty skilled at injections! I’ll have another CT scan today to check results so far and we have scheduled the last three treatments, two in December and the last in January. Half way up the climb!

1 thought on “Team Survivor Newsletter December 2023”

  1. Love the “Team Hero” idea, Meli! Indeed, John IS the team hero!! Congratulations on the wonderful work your team has done & continues to do. Excited to see when the $1,000,000 mark will be achieved. Go, Team Survivor!!

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