Thank you for continuing this wonderful way of remembrance and celebration of life.
I will follow Aenea with a 250$ donation to ACLU as it seems appropriate for the current times.
Austin's willingness to forgo hiking and try biking with me to Chicago was one of the first times I ever biked anywhere with a friend and enjoyed sharing an adventure on 2 wheels. It is also one of my fondest memories of exploring with Austin, especially when he ate half my sandwich and chided me on terribly mispronouncing something Spanish by enunciating the J.
To honor Austin's adventurous spirit and willingness to try biking, and my current biking addiction:
588$ for world bicycle relief (4 bicycles!!), which I heard about via an excellent cycling channel called 'Global Cycling Network'. Last year the presenters shaved heads to raise money, but this year the ante has been upped: "If we raise £25,000, Si and Matt have agreed (will be forced) to ride across a 4km segment of London wearing nothing but speedos. That's a bit of fun (for all but Si and Matt), but the real incentive is to mobilise young students who need it. One Buffalo Bicycle costs less than $150 USD, so every contribution will make a huge impact. Let's give as many children as possible the freedom of two wheels that we all enjoy so much".. and it looks like they are still doing 1:1 matching as of now!!
$162 for Blackstone bicycle works which I previously donated to-- it's a wonderful bike shop near UChicago that tutors kids and lets them earn their bikes by working on bikes in the shop.
Love and hugs from snowy Champaign,
It's hard to believe it's been another year without Austin.
In his honor, I would like to send a $1000 donation to the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (https://www.conquer.org). A recent scare reminded my family that cancer shows up in the best of us and remains a difficult rival for modern medicine. Thanks to improved imaging technologies and modern treatment programs, the disease in my family was caught and dealt with early to ensure a full recovery. Unfortunately, many cancers are harder to detect and even harder to treat.
With funding from the federal government under threat, I want to point a donation to an organization that directly funds grants to research universities/hospitals and principal investigators that are on the front lines of the fight to cure cancer.
I know Austin would appreciate the amazing work that is done with grants from the Conquer Cancer Foundation in studies in biochemistry and cell biology as well as clinical research and translational medicine.