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Dear Friend:

For my __th consecutive year, I will be riding the Annual CycleAbility Challenge, a fundraising bicycle ride covering 100 miles. The proceeds raised from this event will be used to benefit Special Olympics New York - Hudson Valley Region. They provide needed services for individuals with intellectual disabilities it which they learn new competencies, experience new situations and overcome obstacles. With cuts in State and sponsor funding, the need to raise money this year is greater than ever before.

As you can imagine, riding 100 miles is very difficult and requires months of training. Even though I know what to expect, the physical preparations seem to get more difficult every year. Aging is neither fun nor graceful and Lycra is not particularly flattering. As I begin my training regime, I am writing for your financial sponsorship. If you would like to help, please make your check payable to Special Olympics New York (SONY) and return it to me in the enclosed envelope. All checks will then be collected and forward to the Special Olympics Hudson Valley office. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Thanks for your help.

Thank you for considering this special request.