I met Dr. Joe Tuscano years ago when I covered medicine for the Sacramento Bee. He was always willing to share his cancer expertise with me for my stories. I now work with him on occasion as the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center's communications rep, and he has since helped friends of mine navigate their cancer journeys.
I am delighted now to do something for him and his cause - a non-toxic cure for lymphoma. Dr. Tuscano began down this path while treating Norman deLeuze, the late founder of ZD Wines in Napa. who asked Tuscano if there wasn't a better way to treat his disease. The family later began a foundation to do just that, and the The Crush Challenge raises money for the The deLeuze Family Endowed Professorship for the Non-Toxic Cure for Lymphoma.
Thank you for helping me raise money for this worthy cause by making a pledge support my ride on Oct. 12. Together, we can crush cancer!
The 5th Annual Crush Challenge - October 12th 2019
The Crush Challenge was established in 2014 as a way to showcase the best of the Napa Valley while bringing awareness and funding to a select group of worthy charity efforts. Whether you join us for one of our incredible food and wine events, the private ride, or perhaps the entire weekend, we are excited to see you at the 5th Annual Crush Challenge, hosted by The deLeuze Family Charitable Foundation and ZD Wines.
Since the inception of the event, The Crush Challenge has distributed over $225,000 to the various benificiaries.
We welcome you to join our acclaimed chefs, celebrity guests and professional cyclists past and present October 12, 2019 to enjoy a weekend in the beautiful Napa Valley while helping our deserving beneficiaries: The deLeuze Family Endowed Professorship for the Non-Toxic Cure for Lymphoma, The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Napa Valley. 100% of our net proceeds will go to these charities.
THE BEST WAY TO SEE NAPA VALLEY...
Experience the beauty of Napa Valley on a private cycling excursion; 27, 38 & 50 mile options that will depart from Napa Valley's dining mecca, Yountville. Take the wheel of our hosts as you pass through vineyard lined avenues sharing the road with the friends of The Crush Challenge, which has previously included cycling pros past and present Alex Steida, Freddie Rodriguez, Alison Tetrick, Bob Roll, Chris Carmichael, Brent & Jamie Bookwalter, Levi Leipheimer, and Christian Vande Velde to name a few. Complete ride support will be provided by SRAM & Napa River Velo, as well as a unique stop-over ('rest stop') at the ZD Rutherford Estate. Following the ride, indulge in The Food & Wine Marketplace! Participants share their stories of the "Crush" as post-ride entertainment paired with delicious food and wine from many Napa Valley Restaurants and Wineries will round out the afternoon.
The deLeuze Family Charitable Foundation is a public benefit nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes.
Specifically, the organization fundraises for local charities that help with medical research, comforted living for those suffering from potentially terminal illnesses, and better development of the youth in our community.