Do you love good beer and hate cancer? Than do I have some news for you. A friend of mine (I have actually known this guy since the first grade) has found a way to combine beer drinking with cancer fighting — oh, and he has thrown some bike riding in there, too.
Jeff Lockwood is a participant in the Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer (PPRAC) to be held next month. Over the course of the six-day event, Lockwood and other cyclists will ride 500 miles between Elkins, W.Va., and Palmerton, Pa., raising money and awareness about cancer all the way. Lockwood has been riding bikes his whole life — certainly as long as I've known him — and he had heard about the PPRAC for years, but it was when his sister was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2005 that he decided to throw himself in to the ride.
Eighty-five percent of the funds raised during the PPRAC event go to the American Cancer Society, while the remaining 15 percent go to Dream Come True. This year, the PPRAC has a 2011 goal of raising $150,000 to fight cancer. And in addition to riding and collecting pledges, Lockwood has come up with a unique way to contribute funds. The 39-year-old cyclist recently spent a good bit of time in Belgium, where he discovered Westvleteren, one of the most exclusive beers in the entire world.
From Lockwood's website:
"Brewed by Catholic monks in Belgium, the beer is only available at their abbey, and only for sale when the brothers decide they need to raise money for their community. The process of obtaining any of the three varieties of Westvleteren ales is a complicated process, but one that I managed to complete a few times."
Lockwood has 10 bottles of Westvleteren that he is auctioning off to the highest bidder for this event. Single bottles of Westvleteren have fetched more than $25 on eBay, but considering this auction is for charity, Lockwood is hoping the numbers go even higher.
Want to get yourself a bottle and fight cancer at the same time? Here's how:
- Minimum bid per bottle is $12. This includes shipping — U.S. only
- The 10 highest bidders will each receive one 12-ounce bottle of Westvleteren #8 (their "dark" beer)
- Bidding closes at midnight on July 16.
- Beer will be shipped sometime during the week of July 24.
- Send your bids in confidence to: AUCTION IS OVER