My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Jul 07, 2012

I am Luigi. I am a 37 year-old recently-diagnosed leukemia patient.

Until four months ago I didn’t know much about leukemia. Overnight, without warning, my life was turned upside down and I was thrown into a new reality. After a period of complete shock and disbelief, I was provided with useful information as to how to manage this deadly disease.

As of July 2012, I have done the first part of the treatment and now I am hopeful about what lies ahead. While I wait for my body to respond, the doctors informed me that I am healthy enough to exercise. So, I decided to go against my introverted nature and announce my condition to friends, acquaintances, the LLS and whoever might be listening. I did it because I can be useful to the plight of finding a cure to blood cancer. I want to shine a light on this nasty affliction and send out a message of hope to those who are sick and a call to action to those who can help.

During the past 2 months, I have endured physical pain and psychological struggles, I have trained hard and I have overcome my fear. I am riding my bicycle across the United States, from Washington DC to Vancouver, Canada in less than 35 days to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Cancer research, coupled with self-belief and determination, helps millions of patients to live. This is what I believe in, this is the real miracle: the power of research to find the right medication and the power of the mind to stay focused.

I feel privileged to be able to support the LLS. An incredible amount of funds has been collected on behalf of LLS to keep people alive, to cure patients of blood cancers, to give hope to the newly-diagnosed. However, much more needs to be done. I invite you to be part of this family, to join the effort. Please contribute to the cause of saving lives by making a donation.

As you are reading this I might be riding my bicycle across the country. So please check on me, track my progress, see where I am in the world and drop me a message of support at

Your donation truly changes lives.

  • A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
  • A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
  • A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
  • A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

Please join our team's effort today by registering to walk or by making a donation. Your participation in the Light The Night Walk will help save lives. Be sure to check our team Web site frequently to see our progress, and thanks for your support!

Thank you!


Supporter Comments

    "you will make it!"

    lucia predolin

    Thu Jul 26 08:25:14 EDT 2012

    "Luigi, ti aspetto l'anno prossimo in Inghilterra a fare la stessa cosa! In bocca al lupo, Gio"


    Thu Jul 26 09:30:16 EDT 2012

    "Ride, ride, ride"


    Fri Jul 27 05:48:37 EDT 2012

    "Pedal on!"

    Jackie Hamilton

    Fri Aug 03 02:21:06 EDT 2012

    "Ciao Luigi non ti fermare mai ! Luigi Maccotta"

    Luigi Maccotta

    Tue Aug 14 05:12:55 EDT 2012



    Tue Sep 04 08:42:37 EDT 2012



    Sun Sep 02 07:09:10 EDT 2012

    "Coraggio, sono certa che vincerai"


    Fri Aug 31 04:26:04 EDT 2012

    "Abbiamo seguito il tuo Viaggio, sei stato grande. ti auguriamo tutto il bene possibile, Emma e Luigi."

    Emma e Luigi

    Sun Aug 26 09:58:13 EDT 2012

    "Hey Luigi, There is so much beauty in every mile that traveling by car does not do it justice. Even with the wind in your face, take it all in. On behalf of the Water Cycle 2010 team, we wish you the best of luck as your make your way westward."

    Carmen Peterson

    Sat Aug 18 05:42:51 EDT 2012

    "All the best!"


    Fri Aug 17 08:50:06 EDT 2012

    "Go Luigi! Don't let those headwinds stop you!"

    Peter Brandriss

    Thu Aug 16 06:12:56 EDT 2012

    "Honoring the memory of my mother and my friend's father who died of cancer. We remember them always, we pray for those who struggle with illness, and we dream of the day when a cure will be found. Thank you for being our champion, Luigi. "

    Rita Pasi

    Wed Aug 15 05:14:13 EDT 2012

    "Coraggio Luigi, tutto andr� bene!"

    Melissa Landesz

    Tue Aug 14 02:58:53 EDT 2012

    "Both my parents are cancer survivors and I truly admire what you are doing, stay strong!"


    Mon Aug 13 09:26:37 EDT 2012

    "in modi diversi ti siamo vicini. Ti vogliamo tanto bene e siamo orgogliosi di te"

    nonno & nonna

    Thu Aug 09 07:34:53 EDT 2012

    "Grazie per il tuo progetto di speranza, solidarieta', e amore per la vita. "

    Angela Cauli

    Tue Aug 07 01:32:54 EDT 2012

    "Luigi -- Not sure we've met but I'm a colleague at the Bank (formely of the US ED's office) and a two-year survivor of Stage 3 breast cancer. I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2010, while undergoing chemo -- so I have the UTMOST admiration for your stamina and persistence! Wishing you great success with the ride, and many years of good health after treatment. "

    Judy Laufman

    Tue Aug 07 01:26:10 EDT 2012

    "Grazie Luigi for sharing your story!"

    Francesco Isgro

    Fri Aug 03 11:47:28 EDT 2012

    "You are doing a great, wonderful and inspiring thing Luigi! Ride on!!"

    Laurie Jones

    Wed Aug 01 02:42:46 EDT 2012

    "Dear Luigi, I'm a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor. Because of chemo and radiation I had 21 years ago, I've had 3 hip replacements and recently a fractured femur that required a metal plate. I'm just starting to get up a walk again. You are a great inspiration to me. Keep pedaling!! Wishing you tailwinds!!! Lynn"

    Lynn Ledda-Chan

    Wed Aug 01 02:07:34 EDT 2012

    "Good luck and God Bless"

    Dave Duffy

    Sun Jul 29 08:17:21 EDT 2012

    "Ciao Lui, che emozione essere di nuovo in viaggio con te! Ti vogliamo bene. Tanto."

    Amanda, Roberto e Fabietto

    Fri Jul 27 10:30:26 EDT 2012

    "Ciao Luigi... e buona pedalata! "


    Thu Jul 26 10:19:21 EDT 2012

    "Good luck Luigi"

    Cristian Pravisani

    Thu Jul 26 05:20:42 EDT 2012

    "Candy shared your inspirational story with me. Have a safe and magical journey."

    Trina Sams-Manning

    Sun Jul 22 02:28:49 EDT 2012

    "So proud of what you are doing Luigi!"

    Anita Ambroise

    Wed Jul 18 12:51:11 EDT 2012

    "Ciao Luigi, amazing way of dealing with this! All the best for the trip and of course all the best for yourself! Will be thinking of you and following your blog! Best wishes from Hamburg "

    Till Wiegmann

    Mon Jul 16 09:59:02 EDT 2012

    "All the best ... "


    Thu Jul 12 04:16:04 EDT 2012

    "Best of luck Luigi in this epic journey. You do not know me, but I am a colleague at the Bank. "


    Wed Jul 11 01:45:07 EDT 2012

    "Incredible response to the news; every best wish & good luck for your objective here & longer term."

    Bullock Family

    Tue Jul 10 11:34:06 EDT 2012

    "Crazyguyonabike strikes back: WAY TO GO, LUIGI!!"

    Angelo F Carriero

    Tue Jul 10 11:18:38 EDT 2012

    "Have a very safe trip. "

    Darren & Ken...Vittoria's NYC friends

    Mon Jul 09 11:34:04 EDT 2012

    "Inspired to give in honor of Luigi Laraia's Inspirational strength and cross country ride. In honor of Lisa Taverna, my dear friend who battles lymphoma. And in memory of Fred Carter who died of leukemia two years ago. He was a beloved spouse to my dear college roommate and father of Six beautiful children who miss him constantly. God bless you all in your fight against cancer. "

    Pamela Khinda

    Thu Sep 27 08:54:22 EDT 2012

    "A fellow DC-Tri Club member sent us the link to your blog. Thanks for sharing your story -- your journey is inspiring. Best wishes for continued good health and resilience in 2013. "

    Rieko Yajima

    Mon Dec 31 09:48:17 EST 2012

    "Congratulations, Luigi, on completing your long journey. I very much look forward to riding with you again."

    Rick Bartlett

    Tue Sep 18 11:27:53 EDT 2012

    "well done. keep riding!"


    Wed Oct 10 05:30:07 EDT 2012

    "May the Wind be with you"


    Mon Aug 13 06:29:41 EDT 2012

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $26,674.00 | Goal: $30,000.00
89 %

My Team

Team Total: $27,095.00 | Goal: $30,000.00

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My Thanks To

From The Members of BFSFC... $5000.00
Strasz Assessment Systtem... $1500.00
Jeffrey McGregor $1000.00
Piero Cipollone $500.00
Ekaterina Sycheva $300.00
Amanda, Roberto e Fabiett... $300.00
Relentless for a Cure Fun... $275.00
Emilia $250.00
Lardner & Canonaco Family $250.00
Anonymous $250.00
Anonymous $250.00
Anonymous $250.00
Cappiello Leandro $250.00
Nicola e Donatella $250.00
paolo ottaviani $250.00
Karin Most $250.00
Paola $250.00
Gian Paolo Ruggiero $250.00
Tamara & Cristiano Maggip... $250.00
Barbara Geiser $250.00
Maximiliano Santinelli $250.00
lucia predolin $250.00
maria vittoria laurita $250.00
Rita Pasi $250.00
Gabriel LEOST $250.00
Candy Perque Herlihy $250.00
Jaime Alvarez $250.00
Natalia Speer $250.00
Anonymous $250.00
Ana Besarabic Bennett $250.00
Anonymous $250.00
Anonymous $250.00
Angelo F Carriero $250.00
Rozita Kozar $200.00
Evelyn Tee $200.00
Maggie Martineau $150.00
Anthony Ieronimo $150.00
Matteo Lepore $150.00
Manuel Berlengiero $150.00
Daniela Malaspina $150.00
Manuel Coronel $150.00
Darren & Ken...Vittoria's... $150.00
Anonymous $140.00
Pamela Khinda $100.00
Rick Bartlett $100.00
Doris Herrera-Pol $100.00
Marian Douglas-Ungaro $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Gaspare Boscarino $100.00
Miguel Ostos $100.00
Luigi Briamonte $100.00
Andrea Colabella $100.00
Leda Guidi $100.00
Andrea Coppola $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Rita Pasi $100.00
Barbara Friedman $100.00
Marianella Rivadeneira $100.00
Valeria Perotti $100.00
Melissa Landesz $100.00
Sabine Hader $100.00
Steven Jouy $100.00
Anne Kuriakose $100.00
Heather S Woolsey $100.00
Maria Elena Vignoli $100.00
Alessandra Marini $100.00
Nicola $100.00
Laura Palma $100.00
Angela Cauli $100.00
Judy Laufman $100.00
Francesco Isgro $100.00
giuseppe $100.00
Laurie Jones $100.00
Lynn Ledda-Chan $100.00
Sufyan AL ISSA $100.00
Carolynn Schrading $100.00
Fabio Pittaluga $100.00
Virginia Brandon $100.00
David Taylor $100.00
Dave Duffy $100.00
Keiko Izumi $100.00
M & H Gaye $100.00
Cay Critz $100.00
Ludovica Soderini $100.00
Michele Emmer $100.00
laura e leo bonato $100.00
Gianluca Moglianetti $100.00
elena tripodi $100.00
Leisa Perch $100.00
Maria Rosaria Iorio $100.00
T Michael Dompas $100.00
Francesco Columba $100.00
Isabel Garayo-Orbe $100.00
Vishnu Dhanpaul $100.00
Suzanne Kantor $100.00
Anita Ambroise $100.00
david smith $100.00
Chiara Salabe $100.00
Claudia Castaneda $100.00
Till Wiegmann $100.00
Nada Mufarrij $100.00
Mary and Roberto Amorosin... $100.00
Maria O'Hagan $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Judith Khan $100.00
Francesco Spadafora $100.00
Vafa Ghazi $100.00
Anonymous $50.00
Liza Diaz-Villarroel $50.00
Rianna Mohammed $50.00
Patricia Ledesma Liebana $50.00
Arthur Karlin $50.00
Daniel Rush $50.00
Peter Brandriss $50.00
Steffen Janus $50.00
Julia Bucknall $50.00
Helle Willumsen $50.00
Tatiana Daza $50.00
Luigi Maccotta $50.00
Jeanette Murry $50.00
seble chekol $50.00
Maria Villen $50.00
Jessada Pilanun $50.00
Fabio Grandin $50.00
Alessandra Federici $50.00
Simone Lovati $50.00
Alessandro Turchi $50.00
Andrea Nash $50.00
Trina Sams-Manning $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Hafed Al-Ghwell $50.00
Orsella Reyes $50.00
Hannah Nielsen $35.00
Rieko Yajima $30.00
Gaia $30.00
Lucy Gordon $30.00
Robin Kelee $30.00
Tina Walendy $30.00
Valentina $30.00
Paolo Corradini $30.00
Douglas Sell $30.00
Miriana Giraldi $30.00
Simona Massobrio $30.00
Marco Castellano $30.00
Enrique Aldaz-Carroll $30.00
Rosa Bellido $30.00
Meazash Gultimet $30.00
Raffaele Potami $30.00
Cecilia Tirelli $30.00
Lorenzo $30.00
Marco Lazzerini $30.00
cinzia furlanetto $30.00
Olga Epifano $30.00
Letizia Sirtori $30.00
Alberto Della Scala $30.00
Rachel Light $30.00
Gabriele Cosentino $30.00
Elizabeth Wilkinson $25.00
Carol Cummings $25.00
Ashley Hetherington $25.00
minicucci giampaolo $25.00
jenny gallo $25.00
Marcello Cellini $20.00
Carmen Peterson $20.00
Mary Clark $20.00
Anonymous $15.00
Giulia Braga $15.00
Nevioak $15.00
Giovanni $15.00
Luciano $10.00
mauro valentini $10.00
Cristian Pravisani $10.00
Anonymous $5.00
Alessandro Crolla $5.00
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